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Relieve Me of the Burden on December 17 - Nana Addo To Ghanaian Electorates

President Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to relieve me of the burden in the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives by voting ‘Yes’ in the Referendum to repeal Article 55(3) of the Constitution slated for December 17th, 2019.

He said "a ‘Yes’ vote means “you can choose for yourself, directly, the man or woman you want as your DCE.  I have the power, I say I am giving you the power to choose, I want you to be the one to decide for yourself.”

Speaking at the 30th-anniversary celebration of the Akatsi District Assembly at the commencement of his 2-day tour of the Volta Region, Nana Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to

Support the initiative that the government has taken to bring greater and greater control over local government to the people in the area.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “It is time to strip the veneer of non-partisanship away and look at the reality, which is that they are multi-party and partisan. We want to bring democracy to the local level a step further, and entrust to the people the right to select directly themselves their MMDCEs as well as their MPs, and do so in an open, transparent, and partisan multi-party basis.”

 The obstacle to this development, he noted, is Article 55(3) of the Constitution which prohibits parties from sponsoring candidates into local government, and that is why, “Parliament, together with the Executive, have gone through the motions and processes necessary for us to do so, and we will do so on the 17th of December, when the referendum is held, along with the District Assembly elections, to decide whether or not we should move one step further in the consolidation of democracy in our country.”

Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com

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