Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, December 1, 2019, announced a withdrawal of the infamous December 17 referendum. Our Manifesto:
The president explained that the decision to put the December 17 referendum on hold is because of the divided public opinion over the matter.
President Akufo-Addo noted that, indeed, amongst the leadership of Parliament and amongst Members of Parliament on both sides, and amongst, virtually, all stakeholders who had been consulted either by him, or by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, the clear indications were that there was a broad national consensus for the repeal of article 55(3).
He also mentioned that elections in Ghana in the 4th Republic have never been divisive but rather unified Ghanaians, thus the need to call off the referendum. Lastly, Akufo-Addo opined it is important for the country to maintain its uninterrupted period of stability.
The referendum seeks to amend the law to enable Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and unit committee members to be elected along political party lines.