EC announces key dates ahead of 2019 referendum

The Electoral Commission (EC) states programs for transfer of voting, Exclusive Voting and Voting by Proxy would be obtained at its District Workplaces during the state between Oct 25 and November 4, 2019.

A assertion produced by the EC on Monday reported, “voters who transferred their votes to enable them to vote in the 2018 referenda will be required to go through the approach of transferring their votes once more as the 2018 transfers have been temporal.”

Amongst the said time all protection staff who beforehand registered in the districts the place they reside must speak to the offices in their respective districts for a transfer of their votes to allow them to vote in the distinctive voting exercise scheduled for December 10, in advance of the 2019 .

Under is the EC’s release:

NCCE launches campaign on Referendum in North East Region

Rashid Mbugri, GNA

Nalerigu (NE/R),
Oct. 9, GNA – The Countrywide Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has introduced a
community sensitization and awareness in the East on the
District Amount Elections (DLEs) and for the Modification of Post 55 (3)
of the 1992 Constitution.

This was to educate
and encourage citizens in the Region to actively participate in the method
slated for December 17, 2019.

The event was
attended by regular rulers, spiritual leaders, civil society organisations,
Individuals with Disability, youth teams, and political parties amid some others.

Mr Kojo Tito, the
Secretary to the NCCE, mentioned Post 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution gave the
President the mandate to appoint metropolitan, municipal and district main executives
(MMDCEs) with two-third bulk acceptance from the assembly.

That, he mentioned,
wanted to be amended to improve inclusive democratic governance and
transformational improvement.

He additional that
Write-up 55 (3) was an entrenched clause and could only be amended with public
approval in a national referendum.

He stated the NCCE
performed a investigation in 2014, which discovered that greater part of the citizenry
preferred that MMDCEs had been elected, hence the 

Mr Tito mentioned DLEs
and the Referendum would require citizens to vote on 3 difficulties the election
of Unit Committee customers, Assembly associates and to Vote “Indeed” or
“No” for the participation of political parties in the election of

He mentioned at minimum 40
for every cent or a lot more out of the total registered voters should flip out to vote, out
of which 75 for each cent or more will have to vote in favour of the Referendum.

He, consequently,
inspired the electorates to arrive out in their quantities to vote on the salted
date to propel sustainable development in their respective areas.

Mr Chimsi Musah,
the Deputy Director at the North East Regional Co-ordinating Council, who
introduced the marketing campaign, claimed govt was fully commited to deepening the
decentralisation approach by offering citizens the likelihood to decide on the
modification of the Constitution by way of the Referendum.

Alhaji Abdul Razak
Saani, the Northern Regional Director of the NCCE, urged contributors to
educate other folks in and exterior their communities on the will need to actively
participate in approach.

Mr Abudu
Abdul-Ganiyu, the Head of Coaching at the Countrywide Identification Authority
(NIA), advised all citizens to sign-up for their Ghana Playing cards as it would be
useful in so lots of strategies.

The individuals
acknowledged the relevance of the Referendum and urged all citizens to vote
“Yes” for the participation of political get-togethers in the elections of MMDCEs.


Catholic Bishops’ Conference sensitises Ghanaians on referendum

Iddi Yire/Desmond Nyarko, GNA

Accra, June 7, GNA – The Ghana
Bishops’ Convention on Friday held a multi-stakeholder Conference to sensitise
Ghanaians on the impending on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal
and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), slated for December.

The workshop sought to market effective
illustration and accountable local governance and in certain, the immediate
participation of political functions in nearby authorities elections and the
election by the men and women of their MMDCEs as a substitute of appointment by the President.

The workshop, which was organised by the
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Meeting with funding from the Konrad Adenauer
Stiftung, was attended by reps from Political Parties,
parliamentarians, ministers of condition, and representatives of the Electoral
Fee (EC), spiritual teams, civil culture and academia.

It would be recalled that the NPP Authorities
in its , prior to the elections of 2016, proposed direct election of
the MMDCEs on the basis of political celebration illustration fairly than
appointment by the President.

This is anticipated not only to deepen
democracy at the regional amount, but also make the MMDCEs additional accountable to the
individuals of the District.

However, as Short article 55 (3) of the 1992
Constitution prohibits political occasion sponsorship of candidates for elections
to District Assemblies or neighborhood authorities units, the Governing administration proposes a
referendum to amend the structure to allow for the election of users of
district assembly and MMDCEs dependent on political celebration illustration.

Bishop Philip Naameh, Chairman of the Ghana
Catholic Bishops’ Convention in a speech read through on his behalf claimed when
thriving at the constitutional amendment, the election of the MMDCEs would
mark a turning issue in community governance and enhancement in the state.

He mentioned even nevertheless the referendum was
anticipated to choose area in December, minimal was listened to of it in the public

“The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Meeting
finds it somewhat worrying that such an vital national work out does not
obtain the stage of participation in the conversations primary to this significant
nationwide exercise which, if effective, will guide to the modification of an
critical entrenched posting of the national constitution.”

He mentioned the Ghana Catholic Bishops’
Meeting supports efforts of Federal government and stakeholders that boost the
ability of the folks to make conclusions that have an impact on their life and

“As we have done in the past the Ghana
Catholic Bishops’ Meeting will give its guidance, when once again, to the
Authorities, the EC, the Nationwide Fee on Civic Instruction and other
stakeholders to produce recognition and knowing of the troubles at stake
in the course of the referendum so that the people today can make knowledgeable alternatives and
choices,” Bishop Naameh said.

“Our community of parishes and outstations
throughout the place will keep on to provide platforms and alternatives for
awareness generation and dialogue on the deserves and demerits of the proposals.
Our clergy and lay faithful are inspired, via our structures to
take part actively in the debates and conversations main to the referendum.”

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, a previous Very first
Woman stated the election of MMDCEs was strategic for girls to be far more associated in
the choice creating process.

Professor Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector, Ghana
Institute of Administration and Public Administration (GIMPA), who sent the
keynote address, claimed the Bill for the referendum on the election of MMDCEs was
constrained in its scope stating that there were being however ancillary clauses in the
constitution these kinds of as the appointment of MMDCEs and 30 per cent of all district
assembly users by the President, which will need to be dealt with.

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Area
Govt and Rural Progress, having said that, reiterated that clauses on the
appointment of MMDCEs and 30 for each cent of all district assembly members by the President
were not entrenched, and that they would be dealt with by Parliament in 2020
immediately after a effective referendum this December.