Explainer: Why Akufo-Addo backtracked on December 17 referendum

Explainer: Why Akufo-Addo backtracked on December 17 referendum

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, December 1, 2019, announced a withdrawal of the infamous December 17 referendum.

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He explained that the decision to put the December 17 referendum on hold is because of the divided public opinion over the matter.

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Nana Addo further explained that the decision to cancel the referendum was because of the absence of “a durable national consensus” on the matter.

President Akufo-Addo noted that, indeed, amongst the leadership of Parliament and amongst Members of Parliament on both sides, and amongst, virtually, all stakeholders who had been consulted either by him, or by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, the clear indications were that there was a broad national consensus for the repeal of article 55(3).

He also mentioned that elections in Ghana in the 4th Republic have never been divisive but rather unified Ghanaians, thus the need to call off the referendum.

Lastly, Akufo-Addo opined it is important for the country to maintain its uninterrupted period of stability.

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The referendum seeks to amend the law to enable Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and unit committee members to be elected along political party lines.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that basic school leavers currently top the list of prisoners in Ghana, a report by the Prison Service has revealed.

The 2018 Prison Service Annual Report suggests more than one-third of prisoners in the country were basic school leavers or persons who have attained post-basic school education.

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