Postpone Dec 17 referendum-AG Pastor

People cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tesano, Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. About 225 polling stations reopened Saturday for an impromptu second day of voting after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting, Ghana voting officials announced. Some voters waited in line all day Friday and then returned to vote on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)

The Regional Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church, Rev. Dr. Kennedy Gyan has urged the government to postpone the upcoming referendum slated for December 17.

The proposed changes under the referendum would involve amending article 243(1), which provides for the appointment of MMDCEs by the president, and article 55(3), which bans political party activity in district-level elections. 

As article 55 is an entrenched clause, the referendum requires a turnout of at least 40% and over 75% of those voting to vote in favor for the proposal to be passed.

 Rev Gyan noted that there must be a broader consultation with all relevant stakeholders before the referendum to help achieve the required percentage.

Speaking with newsmen he bemoaned the low education about the referendum, which he said could hamper the process and advised the government to intensify the  education on the exercise.

The Head Pastor of the Gospel Light Assemblies of God Church who doubles as Chairman of the Local Council of Churches in Wenchi, Bishop Dr. John Kwadwo Mensah, said amendment of the Constitution needed much education.

He also urged government to give Ghanaians ample time to think through about the consequences of voting ‘yes or no’ in order to prevent any future mistakes. / Ama Konadu


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