The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged all Ghanaians to vote against the proposal to amend the constitution to allow political parties to participate in the District level elections.
According to the party, a “YES” vote will further polarize the nation, particularly local communities along the lines of NPP / NDC, and will likely lead to the creation of “NDC Communal Labour day” and “NPP Communal Labour day”, as well as “NDC market” and “NPP market”.
The December 17, 2019 referendum is to decide on the proposed amendment.
A successful amendment of Article 55 (3) will mean political parties will be able to sponsor candidates for election to District Assemblies or Lower Local Government Units.
But Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo at a press briefing said the local government system should remain non-partisan and that individuals should contest the District Assembly and Unit Committee elections on their own merit.
“We, therefore, decided to campaign for a NO vote at the referendum and to urge all Ghanaians to vote NO at the referendum.
“The consequence of exporting this polarization into the District Assemblies is that very soon in our villages, there will be “NDC Communal Labour day” and “NPP Communal Labour day”. There will also be “NDC market” and “NPP market” And so on and so forth,” Mr Ofosu Ampofo stated.