President Akufo-Addo has finally cancelled the upcoming December 17, 2019 referendum.

“It is with deep regrets that I have given instructions to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who will spear this process on behalf of government with commendable vigour and dynamism to abort the process and seek the withdrawal of the Bills for the amendment of the constitution both in respect of Article 243(1) and Article 55(3),” President Akufo-Addo announced in a broadcast to the nation, Sunday night

“In these circumstances, I am convinced that it will not serve the public interest to go ahead with the holding of the public referendum on 17th December even though I believe a strong campaign for a YES vote would have succeeded. This is not the kind of atmosphere in which the repeal of an entrenched provision of the Constitution should take place.”

Background

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was urging Ghanaians to vote a ‘NO’ during the December 17, 2019, national referendum.

On the roadmap for the election, the government indicated that the election process would be in three phases; Pre-Referendum Activities, Referendum Activities, Post-Referendum Activities and the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution but the process has been cancelled after several agitations.

A press statement released under the signatures of the President, Togbe Afede XIV and the Vice President, Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII said the House was against the government’s proposition for the December 17 referendum.

By : Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdomfmonline.com / Richardobengbediako@gmail.com / Ghana / 2019

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