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Ghanaians Urge To Be Vigilant at Dec 17, Referendum

The Coalition for National Sovereignty (CNS) has called on Ghanaians to be vigilant at the referendum polling centres on December 17, 2019.

According to the Coalition, the Electoral Commission(EC) joined Yes campaign with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a receipt for disaster in the polling day.

At a press conference on Thursday November 28, Convener of the Coalition Mr. Bernard Mornah, said the Coalition believed the EC do not intend to conduct a transparent referendum.

wheather or not to politise the District Assembly and Unit Committee level.

The Coalition alleged that the Commission which t is charged with the mandate to organise all elections independently in the country is campaigning vigorously through the Deputy EC, Dr. Bossman Asare.

This, the Coalition urged Ghanaians to be vigilante during the referendum owing to the fact that EC has taken sides whiles Ghanaians await for December 27, 2019 referendum.

The Convener also cited the EC already has bad record for hold a very poor referenda to create new regions at all cost in 2018, though the people were for that, and to this effect advise the citizenry against EC’s move, also fue to the cunning nature of the NPP government going into another referendum.

The CNS media briefing in Accra, urged that since the EC is openly campaigning for the governing NPP, Ghanaians must keenly monitor
the referendum to ensure that it is done in a free, fair and transparent manner for “NO” to emerge victorious come December 17, 2019.

The CNS has further revealed that it was a calculated attempts by the President Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to mislead Ghanaians in believing a ‘YES’ vote in the upcoming referendum would allow the people select their Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) through popular election.

EC Boss, Jean Mensah

The Coalition expressed shock by what the NPP seek to achieve with the deception to lure Ghanaians into voting for the introduction of partisanship in the local governance.

At the press conference the Convener for the Coalition, Bernard Mornah and Chairman of the People’s National Convention, PNC condemned the deceptive move by the NPP government and shameful manner President Akufo-Addo himself calling on Ghanaians to vote ‘YES’.

Mr. Mornah said the NPP campaign for Ghanaians to vote “YES” was not what the party promised in their 2016 manifesto.

The NPP promised to oversee the direct election of MMDCE’s within 24 months in power and 36 on they are rather deceiving the people to vote for politicization of the District Assembly elections in 2019 and MMDCE’s, he noted.

CNS Convener further explained that the NPP manifesto promise does not warrant the conduct of a referendum but promised to amend article 243 which deals with the appointment of MMDCE’s.

Mr. Mornah recounts how the Consultative Assembly for the 1992 Constitution debated to resolve the need to allow District Assembly and Unit Committee Elections to remain non-partisan.

According to him, there was reason Ghanaians overwhelmingly rejected the proposals to introduce partisan politics in the District Assembly during the work of Committee of experts who drafted the 1992 Constitution.

The Coalition for National Sovereignty demands that the status quo which stood the test of time should remain to protect the Intergrity of the local government system.

To this effect, the Coalition promised to strongly campaign and vote for ‘NO’ is based on the fact that Ghana cannot survive at the communal level, the kind of political tension, bigotry, violence and the acrimony that characterize the elections.

Mr. Mornah cited the recent stated sponsored violence during Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, saying that inhumane brutalities meted out to the innocent voters in the area because of politics is still fresh on their minds.

He echoed that the current non-partisan nature of the District Assembly elections has served the country well and promotes unity and cohesion at the community level.

 

Source: therepublicnewdonlibe.com/Delali Awuyeh

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