National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, has stressed that the party has committed no crime deciding to change their position and campaign against the amendment of Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution, ABC News can report.
The National Democratic Congress had earlier supported the amendment but suddenly changed its position, arguing that allowing the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on partisan lines would further polarise the country.
Many Civil Society Organisations have intimated that the decision by the NDC to abruptly change their stance came to them as a surprise, with the governing NPP claiming the opposition has “stabbed them in the back”.
Commenting on the criticism by the NPP on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Monday, Sammy Gyamfi explained that even if the NDC in the past advocated for a ‘Yes’ vote, it has realized, upon further consultations by the party’s hierarchy, that it is an affront to democracy.
He added that no one can begrudge the NDC for deciding to endorse a ‘No’ vote as they have not erred in any way.
“It is only a fool who does not change his mind. Since when did change of mind in Ghana became a crime. This was not an NDC’s manifesto promise for somebody to say we have reneged on our campaign promise. It was something we were considering. There was on-going consultation for people to share their views. Even God who created the heavens and the earth even changes his mind”, Sammy Gyamfi explained.
He found the argument for ‘Yes’ vote illogical and divisive and urged the public to reject the position of the government.
“NPP should legalize weed because people smoke? Their campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote defies logic. Everyone should vote ‘No’ for one united Ghana”, Sammy Gyamfi insisted.
Ghanaians on December 17, will be casting a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote in a referendum to allow political parties to participate in district and local level elections.
This proposed amendment to the constitution has been met with opposition, led by the opposition National Democratic Congress, who had earlier given their consent for the amendments to be made.
The government needs at least 40 percent of eligible voters turning out to vote and at least 75 percent voting in favor of its ‘Yes’ campaign to succeed.