Parliament Approves Withdrawal Of Referendum As EC, NCCE Awaits Official Communication

The December 17 Referendum is officially off the books as Parliament okays the withdrawal of the Constitutional Instrument by the Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo.

Parliament will then inform the EC that the bill has been withdrawn so it cannot organize the referendum.

The EC will then take steps to extract the Constitutional Instrument 120 on the Referendum and that ends the issue.

At a joint press briefing addressed by the Attorney-General, Local Government Minister and the Majority Leader, the three Ministers argued that the President did nothing unconstitutional by withdrawing the CI.

But that move was described by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, as unconstitutional.

Haruna Iddrisu, who is also the Tamale South MP, accused the President of lynching the constitution by withdrawing the said CI.

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is waiting for a formal communication from Parliament to commence the legal processes towards granting the President’s request to suspend the December 17 referendum.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Civic Education(NCCE) is yet to receive official notification from the government, according to the chairperson of the commission.

Source: Kofi Atakora, Joydaddymultimedia.com

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