Former National Communications Director for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Yaw Adomako Baafi has chided shock over the National Democratic Congress(NDC) General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia canvassing for a ‘no’ vote ahead of the 17th December referendum on political party participation in district level elections.
According to Asiedu Nketia , there was deliberate misinformation in the public domain that voting “YES” in the referendum was a decision that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives would now be elected.
“The party has raised very key constitutional and national security issues that must guide policy action and indeed guide even government,” he said.
Mr. Adomako Baafi said the NDC’s argument at their press conference was surprising and shocking because the minority has previously agreed with their MPs to support to 17th December referendum.
He said,” Asiedu Nketia is a hypocrite to campaign for No because previously himself and the party has early on supported the decision to conduct the referendum,” Yaw Adomako Baafi exclusively told Lawyer Ohene Gyan on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7
He pointed out that the election of the MMDCEs would ensure that those voted into power are accountable to the people within the district instead of the government in power.
He described the action of the Asiedu Nketia as “nothing else but an unpatriotic betrayal of the Ghanaian people.”
With the members of the District Assemblies already elected directly “in an allegedly non-partisan way,” the Minister noted that it is an open secret that these elections are partisan, and the political parties are deeply involved.
The referendum seeks to amend the constitution to give electorates the power to elect directly their own Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
By : Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdomfmonline.com / [email protected] / Ghana / 2019