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27.11.2019 NDC News

Referendum: Partisanship Will Increase Polarisation In Communities — General Mosquito

By Richard Obeng Bediako
Mr Johnson Asiedu NketiaMr Johnson Asiedu Nketia

General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has reiterated his party's 'No' stance further urging Ghanaians to vote ‘No’ in the December 17 referendum.

According to him, allowing parties to engage in local polls will increase “polarisation” in communities.

“We, therefore, decided to campaign for a ‘NO’ vote at the referendum and to urge all Ghanaians to vote ‘NO’ at the referendum,” Johnson Asiedu Nketia told Kwame Tutu on Anopa Nkomo on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7

He continued, “The party has raised very key constitutional and national security issues that must guide policy action and indeed guide even government.”

He cited Article 243 (3) which gives the President the power to remove a DCE from office after being elected, as an example.

“When article 243 (1) was introduced, we drew government’s attention that the amendment before Parliament was flawed because it was not comprehensive enough," the party's scribe emphasised.

Background
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is urging Ghanaians to vote a ‘NO’ during the December 17, 2019, national referendum.

He also stated that the President has been silent on other aspects of the Article, citing Article 248 which inhibits candidates seeking election to a district assembly or any lower local government unit, from being associated with any political party as one.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghanaian electorate to turn out in their numbers on 17th December to 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.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the District Assembly 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 began 31 years ago, and entrust to the people full sovereignty over the election of the MMDCEs and members of the District Assemblies”.

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