Deputy General Secretary of the Governing New Patriotic Party, Nana Obiri Boahen, has expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the December 17 referendum, ABC News can report.
According to the Deputy General Secretary, although President Akufo-Addo reserved every right to cancel the exercise, he is worried that the energy and resources he channeled into the exercise yielded no results.
“Morally the President is right, constitutionally the President is right, legally the President is right, politically the President is right, but for me as an individual, my disappointment was the fact that the way I campaigned vigorously, extensively and it has taken this dimension, that is just my worry.
Similarly, the NPP, at a Press Conference on Monday said they were saddened by the cancellation of the Referendum which sought to allow political parties to participate in elections at the district level.
The party however, welcomed the President’s pledge to continue with consultations on the matter in a quest to build consensus among key stakeholders.
“We are however encouraged by the assurance last night that the President and the government are not giving up on this important search for a consensus for as long as the New Patriotic Party remains in office” General Secretary of the Party, John Boadu told journalists.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, called off the referendum slated for December 17, over what he termed as the lack of a broad national consensus among key stakeholders and the populace.
He consequently instructed the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, to abort the process and see to the withdrawal of the bills for the amendment of the Constitution, in respect of Articles 243(1) and 55(3).
His decision followed weeks of debates on the merits and demerits of electing Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on partisan lines.
While the Governing NPP canvassed for ‘Yes’ votes, the opposition NDC and some Civil Society Organizations vehemently opposed the idea, stating that it had the ability to stifle development at the local levels due to political polarization.
Some Traditional leaders who formed part of the National House of Chiefs were also divided over the matter as its members publicly expressed disagreements on what should be the official position of the House on the exercise.