General News of Saturday, 16 November 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghHouse of Chiefs advocates ‘No’ vote in referendumPresident of National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIVThe National House of Chiefs has joined the list of institutions and political parties that have kicked against proposals to allow political parties to participate in district-level elections. It has, therefore, asked Ghanaians to vote “No” in the December 17, 2019 referendum which seeks to amend Article 55(3) of the Constitution to allow political parties to partake in local level elections. But a Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, said the decision of the National House of Chiefs for a ‘No vote’ would not weigh on the voting pattern of chiefs on December 17. Additionally, the statement said effective decentralisation would be adversely affected by the control of local parties by the headquarters of national political parties. Technical Advisor rejects moveBut Mr Oduro Osae said the position of the National House of Chiefs did not come to him as a surprise because the constitution barred chiefs from active participation in partisan politics and questioned whether that declaration by the chiefs amounted to active partisan participation.
Source: GhanaWeb November 16, 2019 09:45 UTC