Wa, Oct 14, GNA
- The regional campaign on the upcoming District Level Elections (DLEs) and the
national referendum seeking to amend article 55 (3) of the Constitution has
kick-started in Upper West with a call for mass voter turnout.
Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) who spearheaded the launch in Wa, said it
believes a YES for the referendum bill would eliminate chronic problems connected
to appointments of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives
envisaged that a vote in favour of the Bill will put to rest the perennial
problems associated with appointments of MMDCEs,” Madam Patience Sally Kumah,
Upper West Regional Director of NCCE, said.
participants at the launch that the public campaign had become necessary
because of the country’s history of low voter turnout in local elections.
raising campaign, therefore, is to whip up public interest in the elections and
mobilise the citizenry towards attaining a higher voter turnout of at least 40%
of registered voters,” she said.
“It is also to
correct the misinformation and misrepresentations out there on the amendment”.
The DLEs and
the referendum will concurrently take place on 17th December and afford voters
the opportunity to decide on their assembly and unit committee members as well
as vote “YES” or “NO” on article 55 (3) which is an entrenched provision of the
political parties from sponsoring their preferred candidates for elections at
the lower government units or structures.
The NCCE and
the Information Services Department jointly launched the “public education and
awareness raising campaign” to encourage high voter turnout.
Mr Samuel Asare
Akuamoah, NCCE Deputy Director of Operations, said an amendment of the
provision would pave way for election of MMDCEs.
He said an
amendment of the article implied that “the sitting President want to give up
part of his powers to the people at the lower structures”.
He quoted a
survey outcome released by the NCCE in 2015 on whether citizens wanted their
MMDCEs elected, which showed about 69.4 percent of Ghanaians answered in
He also cited
aforobarometre report and the Constitutional Review Commission report as having
recommended for the election of MMDCEs.
earlier said the amendment when effected would ultimately introduce a
multi-partisan local government system and deepen the country’s democracy.
The Upper West
Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih, who declared the campaign duly launched
advised voters to turn out in their numbers for the referendum to be
Constitution to be amended at least 40 percent of the registered voters should
turn out to vote, and out of which, at least 75 percent, should vote YES in
favour of the position to make election of MMDCEs and DLEs partisan.
parties and stakeholders declared their support to make the referendum a
successful one to pave way for the election of MMDCEs.