The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed unhappiness in excess of the cancellation of the proposed December 17, 2019 referendum on the participation of political parties in the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Main Executives (MMDCES) in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday, December 1, 2019, introduced to the nation the cancellation of the referendum owing what he termed as lack of wide, countrywide consensus.
President Akufo-Addo has, consequently, instructed the Minister for Neighborhood Governing administration and Rural Advancement, Hajia Alima Mahama, MP, who is spearheading the system, on behalf of governing administration, to abort the procedure, and see to the withdrawal of the expenditures for the amendment of the Structure, both equally in respect of short article 243(1) and article 55(3).
The President indicated the attainment of a broad consensus, for him, on a matter as crucial as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution, is critical.
“I do not think that such an modification should really be driven as a bash make a difference. There has to be a very clear countrywide consensus and settlement amongst the populace that a individual entrenched provision no more time serves the interest of the persons, and, thus, has to be taken out,” he reported.
There have been blended reactions to the President Akufo-Addo Government’s determination to cancel the December 17, 2019 referendum.
The NPP in a assertion signed by its Common Secretary, John Boadu, said, it was saddened that the President “has been provided no decision but to problem guidelines for the withdrawal of the proposed amendments to Articles or blog posts 243(1) and 55(3) of the 1992 Structure, which would have viewed the advantages of multiparty democracy prolonged to the area authorities level.”
It included that “we, are however, inspired by the assurance very last night that the President and his Govt are not supplying up in the essential research for a consensus for as very long as the NPP continues to be in business office.”
It blamed the opposition NDC and its flagbearer, John Mahama for the cancellation of the referendum.
According to NPP, “John Mahama is only fascinated in ability. He is not intrigued in empowering individuals at the grassroots degree. He is not interested in empowering our governance constructions where by it matters most.”
It extra that “John Mahama is not intrigued in strengthening accountability at the nearby govt level. He is fascinated in shielding the winner-can take-all culture. He is interested in sustaining all the executive powers at the top of the central government.”
“The dilemma that need to be questioned and answered by the fantastic people today of Ghana. That, involving the two major leaders, Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama between the two most important political get-togethers, NPP and NDC, which of them can you rely on to have the interest of Ghana at heart? Who puts Ghana very first? Who is well prepared to permit go the powers that the Constitution of the Republic grants to a President for the sake of improving upon how our country is governed? The answers are really very clear to all.”
“For the NDC who say that introducing multiparty contests at the community authorities level would make governance at that degree tainted by conflict, we say to them that they are not legitimate democrats. They also do not have trust in on their own as a Party,” it said.
BY Melvin Tarlue