President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will tonight, address the nation on the upcoming December 17 Referendum, ABC News can authoritatively state.
The President will address the nation at 8 pm Sunday and will be live on all major TV stations as well as the President’s official Facebook page (NAkufoAddo).
This comes barely a week after the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Hadzide, hinted that the President will take a final decision on the impending referendum soon.
The December 17 Referendum seeks to amend Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to enable Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and unit committee members to be elected along political party lines.
The provision can only be amended through a Referendum which per Article 290(4) of the 1992 constitution, can be approved when at least 40% of persons entitled to vote, vote at the Referendum and at least 75% of the persons who vote cast their ballot, vote in favour of passing the bill.
Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over the possibility of 75% of prospective voters voting ‘Yes’ on the election day as it appears that the campaign for ‘No’ votes, particularly by the opposition National Democratic Congress, has gained ground.
To ensure a successful exercise in line with the government’s agenda, some individuals, including leading members of the government have called for a postponement of the exercise to allow for broader stakeholder engagement to resolve the issues that have been raised by its opponents.
The Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, Dan Botwe for instance, has called for the withdrawal of the exercise for it to be organised alongside any future general election.
The Christian Council of Ghana, last week, also backed calls for the postponement of the exercise to allow for broader stakeholder engagement and education to inform the decisions of voters.
It is, however, expected that the President’s address will end the suspense regarding whether the exercise will come off as planned.