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Local Government Minister, Alima Mahama
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The Local Government Minister has expressed dismay over the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) stance on the December 17 referendum.

Alima Mahama said the NDC’s argument at a press conference Tuesday afternoon is in sharp contrast to what their MPs pushed for in Parliament.

National Chairman of the opposition party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, addressing the media, asked Ghanaians to vote ‘NO,’ to keep local government politics non-partisan as entrenched in the 1992 constitution.

The NDC argues that the polarisation of the country at the national level along party lines is enough and local governments should not suffer the same fate.

However, the government is adamant.

The Minister, speaking to Joy FM’s Top Story, insisted that multi-party democracy must be extended to the local government level, the reason the government is campaigning for a YES vote.

She added that the Minority NDC MPs agreed that is the ideal thing to do so she is surprised the party has come out with a contrasting opinion.

“Go and look through the Hansard and see their arguments on that day,” she charged.

Amendment of article 55/3

For political parties to be eligible to participate in local government elections, Article 55/3, an entrenched clause has to be amended in a referendum.

That referendum has since been scheduled for December 17, 2019.

Hajia Mahama argues that ahead of a Parliamentary vote to amend Article 243/1 of the Constitution to allow Ghanaians to elect their own MMDCEs, MPs had unanimously agreed that political parties be allowed to partake in the said election.

That would mean amending Article 55/3 to allow the parties partake in local government elections, where the MMDCEs fall.

So the decision was taken in Parliament to hold the referendum to ask Ghanaians to give the green light to political parties to partake in local government elections, the Minister claimed.

She said it is, therefore, confusing why the NDC would come out to state a position different from that of their MPs.

Meanwhile, the NDC insists they are also in favour of changing the law to allow the election of MMDCEs but they maintain candidates must stand as independents and political parties must remain barred to prevent further polarisation.

Vote NO, the party said.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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