Explainer: What exactly the Dec 17 referendum is about

Explainer: What exactly the Dec 17 referendum is about

There has been a lot of noise in the media space concerning some sort of referendum that is going to be held on December 17, 2019 alongside the district level elections.

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Aside all the noise in both the print and electronic media, as well as the digital space, some people seem lost with what exactly this whole voting of YES or NO really means

YEN.com.gh, findings have revealed that there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this whole electoral process scheduled to take place in December 2019.

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The main reason for the referendum is to decide whether article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana should be amended to allow the active participation of political parties in district level elections.

However, Article 243(1) of the constitution states that: There shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting.

It is important to note that an amendment to article 243(1) will not have any direct effect on article 55(3).

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Meanwhile, the National House of Chiefs is strongly against the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) contrary to the views of Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addo.

They believe that membership of local assemblies should not exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in the case of Parliament.

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President Akufo-Addo and a former chairman of the electoral commission Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan have been at the forefront advocating for a ‘Yes’ vote come December 17.

It however important for individual to know that their choice of a YES or a NO is a decision on whether political parties should be given the right to pick candidates and promote them to be elected as DCEs, Assemblymen or Unit Committee Members and not to decide on whether who gets into the office of a DCE, Assemblymen or Unit Committee Member.

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