Some prominent Chiefs who are members of the
National House of Chiefs, the Okyenhene and the Chairman of the Governance
Committee of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi have said they
were not consulted before the House declared support for a ‘no’ vote in the December
According to him, chiefs who criticized Thursday statement by him and his Vice asking Ghanaians to vote NO in the December 17 referendum are “dishonest” and exhibited “wanton mischief”.
“The Committee of the Whole House has not been informed or met on the matter in question. The Leadership of the various Regional House of Chiefs have not been informed or consulted,” the Okyenhene said in a statement.
However responding to the claims, the National House of Chiefs in a counterstatement said the House discussed the matter when the deputy minister local government first broached the matter with them.
The House of Chiefs in a statement Friday declared support for a ‘no’ vote in the upcoming referendum on whether political parties should be involved in local polls.
The statement said: “the incidence of exclusiveness, the unhealthy politicization of all issues, the marginalization of citizens who do not belong to the ruling party. And the exclusion of skilled manpower on partisan grounds would be detrimental to development and good governance at the local level.
“We want the citizenry to know that the referendum is meant to permit unbridled partisan politics into local government and so the merits of the proposed reform should be assessed on that basis. We strongly recommend its rejection by the citizens”.