- The electoral commission has been directed by the president to prepare for a referendum
- This 'yes or no' election will determine whether Ghana must have six new regions
- President Akufo Addo believes these new regions will help ensure development
President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has directed the Electoral Commission (EC) to get prepared for a referendum to determine the creation of six new regions in Ghana this year.
The president, during his tour of the Northern Region, said the creation of new regions is very crucial to Ghana's development.
He believes there was a growing demand for the creation of new regions when he assumed an office which he referred such demands to the Council of State to look into.
These regions, the president suggests, will be the Western North which will be curved out of the Western region, Bono East and Ahafo to be created out of the Brong Ahafo region, North East and Savannah as well as the Oti region be separated from the Northern and the Volta regions.
"Last Thursday before I left Accra to begin the Northern tour, I wrote a letter to the Electoral Commission (EC) asking them to organise Referendum this year according to the recommendation of the Brobbey Commission in the affected areas to determine whether the people really support the creation of the proposed regions", he said.
Akufo-Addo had earlier denied claims that the creation of new regions is to secure votes during the 2020 elections.
“I am not doing it for votes; there are plenty of regions in this country where they don’t vote for me. Why would it be any different if these regions are created?”, he wondered.
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Recounting the historical background surrounding the creation of regions in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that, in 1952, the Western and Eastern Regions were created, bringing the total number of regions in Ghana to four (4). The Plebiscite of 1956 ensured that Trans-Volta became the country’s 5th Region.
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