President Akuffo Addo makes a u-turn on referendum.

President Akuffo Addo of the Republic of Ghana has asked the minister of local government to stop the preparation of the referendum election. The referendum was to seeking to amend our constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates at the district level.

The 1992 constitution forbids political parties from getting involved in district-level elections. That is the constitution demands that the election of assembly members should be void of political influence.

The president, on the other hand, believes that partisan politics devoid of mischief and propaganda is the way to go. It was his desire to ensure that political parties could be allowed to sponsor candidates at the district level election because he believed it would ensure accountability and development.

The citizens of the country were divided as the two major political parties in the country were at opposing sides. The president and the NPP sought a yes vote whiles the NDC and their flagbearer advised the citizens to vote no.

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This has led to so much back and forth for the past months. The country has been divided over political parties’ involvement at the district level.

This made the president H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo to rescind his decision for the referendum. According to the President, he doesn’t like the way the country has been polarized over this decision.

He has therefore instructed the Minister of Local Government who has been working on behalf of the government on the referendum to stop preparation. The election was to be part of the December 17 election. Electorates were expected to either vote Yes or No. A Yes vote meant that you agree to political parties’ involvement at the district level. A No vote, on the other hand, meant you do not agree.

On December 17, electorates will only vote to elect their Assembly members and Unit committee members.

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