Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu is of the view, certain key challenges with partisan elections in the country must first be cured before going ahead with making district assembly elections partisan.
“If you look at the history of our country, the misuse of public funds at the national level, you will agree that it won’t be okay to make district assembly elections partisan, it won’t help us at this time. We should first and foremost cure the misappropriation of funds and the issues with vigilantism before we can go ahead with this partisan district assembly elections” he told Afia Pokua on Accra based Okay Fm, monitored by Newsgogh.com.
A nationwide referendum will be conducted on December 17, 2019, to enable citizens to decide if an entrenched clause in the 1992 Constitution Article 55(3) needs to be amended to permit political parties in Ghana to participate in local government election.
A voter turnout of at least 40% and 75% Yes votes is required to affirm the government’s desire to amend the Article 55(3) in the Constitution.
Meanwhile, Pollster Ben Ephson has said that attaining the required 75 percent approval rate in the upcoming referendum will be difficult to achieve, considering the division among the two major political parties (NDC and NPP).
“So whereas I believe that article 243 (1) the NPP will not even table it let it take off the ground because the NPP needed the NDC to make up 2/3 to be able to repeal it. I don’t think they will do that and I think that we won’t get the 75% turnout approval rate. I’m sure the turnout will exceed 40% given what has happen”