The National Democratic Congress, NDC, has uncovered an attempt by the Electoral Commission of Ghana to cow Ghanaian populace in voting yes in the upcoming referendum slated in December 2019.
According to the NDC, the referendum seeks to amend Article 55 (3) of the Constitution adding that the amendment has nothing to do with the election of MMDCE’s.
At a press conference in Accra, the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo cautioned against the referendum to elect District Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members on partisan lines which could further deepen the already polarised nation.
He noted that opening the political door for elections of MMDCE’s would reduce development to the party line.
“The consequence of exporting this polarization into the District Assemblies is that very soon in our villages, there will be “NDC Communal Labour day” and “NPP Communal Labour day”. There will also be “NDC market” and “NPP market” And so on and so forth,” Mr. Ofosu Ampofo stated.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo said the local government system should remain non-partisan and that individuals should contest the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections on their own merit.
He stated that the NDC supports NO vote at the upcoming referendum and asked Ghanaians to vote against the proposed amendment of Article 55 (3) of the constitution which will make local government elections partisan.
“We, therefore, decided to campaign for a NO vote at the referendum and to urge all Ghanaians to vote NO at the referendum,” He said.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo noted that voting YES would mean that political parties can sponsor candidates to both District Assembly and Unit Committee elections saying; but the same political parties cannot campaign in the districts and the units for those elections.
He called on Ghanaians to vote NO to save Ghana from deepening partisan and polarised development.
By: Paul Mamattah