The Communications Bureau of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has offered what it says are 10 reasons why voters at the December 17 referendum to amend the 1992 constitution to allow political parties sponsor candidates to local level elections must vote NO and reject the proposal.
The list of 10 reasons pointing out the benefits of a NO vote as well as the ills and ramifications if the constitution is amended to accommodate the proposal, cites among other things, the ‘needless political divisiveness and rancor’ and the avoidance of “an expensive and exclusionary political primaries system”.
Below is the statement issued by the NDC
ON THE IMPENDING DECEMBER 17TH REFERENDUM
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* The December 17th Referendum is not about whether or not MMDCEs should be elected. Rather, it is about allowing political parties to sponsor candidates in unit committee, assembly member and MMDCE elections.
* Thus, simply put, A YES vote is for partisanship in our local government system and a NO vote is for a United Ghana at the local government level.
10 REASONS WHY EVERY GHANAIAN MUST VOTE NO
Vote NO to avoid the needless political divisiveness and rancor at the local level, and rather promote unity and cohesion at the local government level.
Vote NO to deepen stakeholder consultations and consensus-building for development at the local government level. This is what propels the development of local communities, not political grandstanding.
Vote NO for a less expensive and a less monetized election system at the local government level. Local politics must not be the preserve of the highest bidder and those with moneybags.
Vote NO to encourage competent Ghanaians who don’t want to be tagged with partisanship to participate in governance at the local level.
Vote NO to avoid the party whip system and protect the independence of Assembly and unit committee members in decision-making at the local government level.
Vote NO to ensure the continuity of developmental projects at the local government level in the supreme interest of the community. The phenomenon of abandoned projects will only get worse if a YES vote is entertained.
Vote NO to deepen accountability of Assembly and unit committee members as well as elected MMDCEs to the people at the local government level.
Vote NO to avoid an expensive and exclusionary political primaries system which will produce mainly the affluent, the educated etc. as assembly members and unit committee members.
Vote NO to avoid inimical partisan acrimony which sometimes prolongs even after elections, and ensure civility and decorum in local government elections.
Vote NO for community-interest decisions and not parochial partisan decisions at the local government level. Long before parties were formed, communities existed and governed themselves.
CONCLUSION: Enough of the extreme partisanship that ails Ghana’s development at the national level. VOTE NO TO PROTECT GHANA’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM FROM DESTRUCTION. Ghana first!