Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is demanding from the Nana Addo-led government a full disclosure of the amount of state funds expended on the botched referendum on political party participation in District level elections in the country earlier scheduled for December 17, 2019.
”As transparency and accountability demands: can Government now disclose how much it has spent on this abortive referendum thus far; and steps being taken to prevent any more financial loss to the state, especially as we are aware printing of ballot papers and other ancillary expenditures had long commenced,” the North Tongu legislator said in a post on Facebook.
Mr. Ablakwa added that the groundswell of support for a “no vote” in the referendum is a clear indication that Ghanaians continue to wield the power in the country’s governance process.
”Perhaps those who mock the concept of a people’s manifesto will begin to better appreciate that sacred principle – government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” he opined.
President Akufo-Addo yesterday withdrew the December 17 Referendum that sort to allow political parties to participate in elections at the district level saying the country has failed to build a national consensus on the subject.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who announced the withdrawal in a special broadcast Sunday night, said the decision is to allow time for further consultations with key stakeholders and the public.
The President revealed that he has directed the Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama to withdraw the Bills seeking to amend Articles 55 (3) and 243 (1).
“It is with deep regrets that I have given instructions to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who will spear this process on behalf of government with commendable vigour and dynamism to abort the process and seek the withdrawal of the Bills for the amendment of the constitution both in respect of Article 243(1) and Article 55(3),” he said in a televised address to the nation.