The Government of Ghana in a speech delivered by the president Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo has stated the cancellation of the December 17 national referendum which was meant to decide on an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution to enable political parties to sponsor candidates during local level elections.
This was announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
As the referendum day drew closer, there was a noticeable split among major stakeholders and observers.
It will be recalled that, the government was backlashed by Civil societies, National house of Chiefs and Opposition parties on what they think as not appropriate to manipulate the local governance structure with political parties.
The President was therefore told to have a broader consultation with stakeholders before the election therefore the president being mostly called as a listening president has decided to withdraw the referendum until further notice.
the President has also directed the putting of hold on plans that would also allow for the election of MMDCEs as promised.
“It is with deep regret that I have given instructions to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development …to abort the process and see to the withdrawal of the Bills for the amendment of the Constitutions both in respect of Article 243 (1) and Article 55 (3).”