Former Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, has backed the December 17 referendum aimed at ensuring political party participation in local level elections.
According to him, he expects “yes” votes to win the day. Dr Afari Gyan said the original intention of the law, that debars political party involvement in local polls, has been violated by political parties.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghanaian electorate to turnout in their numbers on 17th December, vote ‘Yes’ in the Referendum to repeal Article 55(3) of the Constitution, and obtain the power to elect directly their own Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
Speaking at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Akatsi District Assembly yesterday at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the Volta Region, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the District Assembly Concept, introduced some 31 years ago, under the Rawlings era, is one of the most important contributions to the improvement of Ghana’s national governance.
According to the President, the District Assembly concept “has led to the enhancement of participatory involvement of our people in their local government.