The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has asked the electorate to turn out in their numbers on 17th December to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming referendum meant to repeal Article 55(3) of the Constitution.
The referendum will give Ghanaians the opportunity to elect their own Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Speaking at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Akatsi District Assembly on Monday, as part of his two-day working tour of the Volta Region, the President indicated that the District Assembly Concept introduced some 31 years ago, during the Rawlings’ era, is one of the most important contributions to the improvement of Ghana’s national governance.
“The concept has led to the enhancement of participatory involvement of our people in their local government. Now, it is time to deepen the process that was began 31 years ago, and entrust to the people full sovereignty over the election of the MMDCEs and members of the district assemblies,” he said.
He stated that it was an open secret that political parties were directly involved in the district assembly hence the need to strip the veneer of non-partisanship away and look at the reality.
With the Constitution requiring a turnout of 40 per cent of the electorate, with 75 per cent of the turnout voting ‘yes’, the President has expressed confidence that the people will come out in their numbers to vote ‘yes’.