The Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahen has expressed his disappointment in President Nana Addo over the Suspension of the referendum which was supposed to have occurred on December 17, 2019.
Ghanaians were told to have exercise their franchise on a ‘Yes/ No’, on whether political parties should legally engage actively in local government elections. Thus, partisan politics in MMDCE, Assembly Member & Unit Committee elections.
The President of the Nation, Nana Addo and his party, NPP made it clear to all Ghanaians to vote ‘Yes’ in order to allow partisan politics in local governance.
On the hand , the biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress( NDC) took the other side of the coin, thus ‘No’, meaning party politics should not be encouraged in local government.
Some pressure groups, institutions, Heads of Churches, the National House of Chiefs and majority of Ghanaians stood firm that partisan politics in local government was going to impede the development of the nation, therefore the referendum should be called off.
Since the ‘No’ syndrome was gaining momentum, President Nana Addo deemed it necessary to withdraw it on December 1,Sunday night.
However, Nana Obiri Boahen said on Nyira FM in Kumasi monitored by the Daily Dispatch reporter, Joe Marfo that the ‘Yes’ vote would have won convincingly. But he is very disappointed in its cancellation.
“Personally, I’m very disappointed in the withdrawal of the referendum. I believe very well that the ‘Yes’ syndrome would have won convincingly. Even if we vote on it today, ‘Yes’ will definitely win. But since Nana Addo has called it off, I have no option. But I’m highly disappointed”.
By: Joe Marfo