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december 17 referendum

  • A rejection of party-based MMDCE elections will do nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop or change the things we don't like about our politics. It would be misdiagnosing ....

    There are many different problems with our politics, each of which demands its own prescriptions and remedies. It is important to tailor the remedy to the disease. Electing MMDCEs on a party basis is not intended as a cure for all the ills that ail our current politics. It is a remedy for a very specific disease, and that disease is "winner-take-all, loser-do-nothing" politics.

  • Fellow Ghanaians, it is the same electorate who vote to elect a President and Members of Parliament on a party-political basis, who are going to vote to elect their own MMDCEs on a party-political basis. Far from it being divisive, ...

    Fellow Ghanaians, good evening.

    I have come into your homes tonight on a matter of major importance for the nation and for me personally. It concerns the Referendum of 17th December, whose purpose is to seek popular support for the repeal of article 55(3) of the Constitution, a provision which, currently, bars political parties from involvement in district elections and local governance.

  • “We strongly object to the proposal that membership of local assemblies should exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in the case of Parliament,” it said.

    The National House of Chiefs has joined the list of institutions and political parties that have kicked against proposals to allow political parties to participate in district-level elections.

  • A ‘No’ vote will prevent political parties from hijacking elections at the district level.

    It has taken me weeks to understand what is expected of me in the polling booth on December 17.
    Now that I understand it, my mind is made up.

  • These are a handful of the many measures by which we can ensure power and governance is not unduly concentrated at the centre, hence essentially curing our country of the winner-takes-all disease.

    In the heat of the upcoming referendum on December 17, proponents of Partisan elections at the local assembly level are arguing that such partisan elections will help stop the phenomenon of winner-takes-all in our body politic. Clearly, that’s a position unsupported by the facts of our elective politics so far. Their assertion also fails to address the real causes of the winner-takes-all phenomenon and simply seek to hang it incorrectly on the cross of local partisan elections.

  • Explaining the rationale for his decision, the President stated that that he came into office, nearly three years ago, with the firm conviction, ...

    President Akufo-Addo has called off the holding of the Referendum of 17th December, 2019, citing the lack of a broad, national consensus amongst key stakeholders and the populace.

  • The constitution says that to amend an entrenched clause, there must be a referendum for the people to decide.

    A constitutional lawyer, Mr John Ndebugri has said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cannot "arrest" the process which has been initiated for the December 17, 2019 referendum.

  • Following the break down of consensus for a YES vote in the upcoming referendum, there have been calls for the referendum to be halted by withdrawing it or postponing it.

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has no power to pull the plug and halt the upcoming December 17, 2019 referendum, the Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu has said.

  • The evidence is clear that the NDC-NPP duopoly has delayed the forward march of this country so much that this loan and aid dependent republic isn’t ashamed it unable to account for $3 billion each year ...

    Written By Samson Lardy ANYENINI - A “YES” vote on December 17, 2019, does not make elective what already is elective. What it does, in fact, is to make legal what the Constitution prohibits. The law is that political parties are prohibited from sponsoring candidates for elections at the district assembly and lower local government units. This position was very important to the framers of the Constitution so they locked it down in Article 290 – entrenched provision.

  • The REAL SUBSTANCE of the December 17th referendum is that Ghanaians are being asked to judge whether or not we are happy with what political parties have achieved ...

    There are 16 regions in Ghana. These are divided into districts and these districts can be called Metropolis, Municipals or Districts (MMD), depending on their population size. Each of these Districts are governed by a "DISTRICT ASSEMBLY," made up of:

  • The referendum will seek the opinion of Ghanaians about whether or not local government elections should be open to partisan political competition.

    A constitutional referendum will be held in Ghana on December 17, 2019, alongside the District Level Elections.

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