The Municipal Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region, Hon. Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor has urged Ghanaians to vote ‘Yes’ in December, for the upcoming Referendum to decide on whether to introduce multi-party elections or not at the local level, through the amendment of Article 55 (3) of the 1992 constitution.
In his remarks, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has initiated the processes of amending entrenched articles of the 1992 constitution for District Chief Executives to be elected. The President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, in his 2018 State of the Nation Address, announced the government’s intention to amend some parts of the constitution to allow political parties to participate in local government elections.
According to him, the referendum seeks to amend 55(3) and 243(1) of the constitution to allow for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDAs) on a partisan basis.
The bills that have been submitted to Parliament for amendments are;
Article 243 (1) to allow for the election of MMDCEs by the citizens. Article 55 (3) to introduce a multiparty system of elections at the local level. As it were the electorates of Yilo Krobo will be presented with the opportunity to elect the Municipal Chief Executive by universal adult suffrage.
In this case, political parties can sponsor candidates for the local level elections. The process will culminate in a national referendum which is scheduled to take place on 17th December 2019.
“I wish to seize this opportunity to appeal to all of you to take part in the election and vote Yes. The President will like to broaden the frontiers of local participation in the local governance. Next week we will constitute a committee to work on the referendum” he said.
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