December 2, 2019
Press Assertion BY THE NPP ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO Content articles 243(1) AND 55(3) OF THE 1992 Constitution
The New Patriotic Celebration (NPP) is saddened that H.E. the President of the Republic has been offered no selection but to problem directions for the withdrawal of the proposed amendments to Articles or blog posts 243(1) and 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution, which would have observed the positive aspects of multiparty democracy currently being extended to the neighborhood government level. We, are nevertheless, inspired by the assurance very last night that the President and his Governing administration are not giving up in the important lookup for a consensus for as lengthy as the NPP continues to be in workplace.
The President cited the unfortunate decision of the main opposition party, the Countrywide Democratic Congress (NDC), to break the consensus reached as having spoilt the nationwide natural environment required for amending an entrenched clause in the Structure. The President emphasised that he would only development a procedure for an modification of an entrenched clause if there was wide and apparent national consensus.
The President is confident that no arty, on the other hand robust its help and mobilisation efforts, should to personal soley an modification of an entrenched clause, for which rationale the President sought for and considered a strong consensus experienced been forged on the two difficulties of building new regions and multi-get together participation in community governance from as considerably back again as April 2017.
A few months following getting in place of work, President Akufo-Addo sought anf received the aid of his three predecessors, former Presidents John Jerry Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama for these constitutional amendments. This was a constructive platform for starting the procedure of building a broader national consensus.
Getting had resounding achievements at developing the new locations jointly, we ended up all of the business perception that the total nation was once again on study course to accomplishing yet another resounding achievement at the referendum as experienced been agreed by all stakeholders, together with the leadership of the NDC, right up until the NDC’s unexpected breach of faith regarding the consensus that all the political get-togethers, CSOs, faith-primarily based organisations and other vital stakeholders on the referendum.
The NDC’s U-transform is very little else but an unpatriotic betrayal of the Ghanaian people today. It is still a different apparent indicator of the absence of management at the quite top rated of the key opposition party in Ghana.
The leader and 2020 presidential prospect of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, has as soon as again lived up to his possess description of himself in his autobiography: indecisive. He can not taker a choice and stick to it. John Mahama is not a leader due to the fact he does not stick to rules and can’t make up his intellect even on what is very good for his place.
He informed President Akufo-Addo in the presence of Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor in April 2017 that he was in full assist of the reforms that will introduce multiparty democracy to the community government system.
Then he was not the chief of the NDC. Certainly, taking a cue from that tripartite presidential consensus, the National Democratic Congress also came to the consensus desk and stayed entirely engaged both equally in Parliament and past and aided to enhance the proposed amendments, specially Write-up 243(1).
In the regional referendum on the creation of 6 new areas on 27th December 2018, which took place just before the NDC settled on John Mahama as their 2020 flagbearer, the NDC joined the NPP and many others in openingly campaigning throughout the places where by the 6 new locations ended up to be designed. The The vast majority and Minority in Parliament have experienced full cooperation, like effective give and get, on the two constitutional amendments involving Article content 243(1) and 55(3). In truth, as just lately as 25 October 2019, the Majority and Minority Caucuses in Parliament experienced cemented a broad-centered consensus on the concurrent modification of both equally Article content 243(1) and 55(3). The two get-togethers were now doing work on how to proceed on joint strategies nationwide to mobilize, initial the necessary 40% of the citizens to the ballot and then 75% of them to vote ‘Yes’ for the amendment of Short article 55(3) on December 17.
What produced the Chief of the NDC, Candidate John Mahama, dither? Can he demonstrate why the sudden flip-flop? It can be very little but however another evidence of his weak spot as a leader. It sends a clear information that John Dramani Mahama has however not modified and should not be predicted for modify. He was not trusted in 2016 and can’t be dependable in 2020. He is desperate for electric power and absolutely nothing else issues in his quest for that energy. A leader who simply cannot get selections that will renovate the course of his acquiring nation is not what Ghana justifies. He lacks conviction and dedication.
As President from 2012, John Mahama failed to carry out the suggestions of the 2010 Constitution Evaluation Fee set up by President John Evans Atta Mills at the time that John Mahama was himself Vice President even however he promised to do so when he took about soon after the death of President Mills.
As a former President he promised to aid the amendments that will allow MMDCES to be elected and for political place of work holders at the regional federal government level to be elected under a multiparty program as it is widespread in democracies throughout the globe. But, as chief of the opposition social gathering and with 12 months to the future common elections, he has picked to set his possess shortsighted comprehending of his social gathering curiosity above all else. Permit me repeat, as presidential prospect, John Mahama, has forced his party to forego what is excellent for the country for his individual slender-minded political calculations.
John Mahama is only intrigued in ability. He is not interested in empowering people today at the grassroots stage. He is not fascinated in empowering our governance buildings where by it matters most, at communities up and down the nation.
John Mahama is not fascinated in enhancing accountability at the regional government amount. He is interested in guarding the winner-requires-all lifestyle. He is intrigued in keeping all the govt powers at the prime of the central governing administration.
The problem need to be asked and answered by the excellent folks of Ghana. That, concerning the two primary leaders, Nana Akufo-Addo and John Mahama concerning the two principal political get-togethers, NPP and NDC, which of them can you trust to have the desire of Ghana at coronary heart? Who puts Ghana to start with? Who is geared up to let go the powers that the Structure of the Republic grants to a president for the sake of improving how our state is governed?
For the NDC who say that introducing multiparty contests to the nearby government stage would make governance at that amount tainted by conflict, we say to them that they are not real democrats. They are not critical.
This is because, now elections of both parliamentary and presidential candidates are contested fiercely in all the 30,000 odd polling stations throughout the nation, wherever all other elections are also held. In point, we believe fairly that introducing multipartism to regional assemblies is what will strengthen the top quality of politics at that stage.
It would tackle winner-usually takes-all. It would imply that for these at the grassroots, NPP and NDC would not only respond at that stage in contesting for votes but for cooperation in how their communities are ruled. We see daily how MPs on both sides operate jointly to move payments, budgets, and so forth. They consume jointly, chortle with each other, operate alongside one another and nonetheless argue healthily among by themselves and just take sturdy party traces where by they have to without the need of turning violent. This is what Akufo-Addo and the NPP want to spread to the ground.
For the NDC to say introducing an option for political events to operate together at the community governance level would rather lead to frictions is quite hypocritical and surprising. These kinds of a naked clearly show of dishonesty, inconsistency, absence of integrity and deceit only affirms the large perception that the NDC will, on any working day, sacrifice the countrywide fascination on the altar of scoring affordable political factors.
Their sudden U-flip and lively marketing campaign for a “NO” vote, hardly four weeks to the proposed referendum, shows that the NDC has no excellent ideas for Ghana. John Mahama and his bash are not fully commited to The President’s situation is crystal clear. He does not take that political parties are divisive and we wholly affiliate with that watch. For instance, the President refers to the previous twenty 7 decades of relative security and progress underneath a multiparty constitutional democracy. The President believes political get-togethers can be a drive for excellent, be certain obligation and accountability and assurance the essential right to absolutely free association.
In fact, if citizens in totally free affiliation in political get-togethers can be reliable to elect Presidents and MPs, it appears untenable that they simply cannot be dependable to elect area leaders underneath the same circumstances.
Substantially, the President assures that he will carry on to function and seek consensus to help quite a few a lot more Ghanaians express themselves politically into the future. Country-building thrives on a widespread agenda that places the desire of the Point out ahead of political expediency.
The NPP has no question the ideal consequence of the Referendum would have been a “YES” vote.
The NPP considered and carries on to believe that that releasing political events to work at nearby amount has possible to redirect countrywide politics and make community governmental truly developmental, improving means, such as human and complex, for the provision of vital expert services for accelerated enhancement. Now, quite a few complain about the deficiency of legitimate fiscal decentralization, inadequate skills, perceived exclusion and marginalization of folks, weak accountability and gradual-paced improvement at nearby degree.
Thus, quite a few flip to the MP they voted for rather of the appointed DCE. It is not a magic formula that the process is silently mutating to multi-celebration participation as aspirants to assemblies count on the mobilization, logistical, complex and monetary skills of events to battle elections to the assemblies. Even so, given the NDC’s unpredictable and indecisive leadership, the NPP supports the Presidents’ method to withdraw the bills whilst the dialogue goes on. It is in the countrywide curiosity that the conversation goes on.
H.E. President Akufo-Addo definitely deserves commendation for maintaining the want to safe real multi-get together democratic apply in Ghana by agreeing, among the other factors, to devolve portion of his appointive ability again to the people in get to completely democratise the nation’s local governance routine and thus improve decentralization. The NPP hopes that sooner than later, a wide national consensus will be arrived at for these amendments to be carried by means of for the like of God and country.
Standard Secretary, NPP