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We will only vote 'Yes' if other amendments are made - Mahama backs NDC's position on referendum

By Mutala Yakubu
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Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama says he is firmly behind his party's stance on the December 17 referendum.

The NDC has made it clear that are against the decision to elect local assembly representatives along partisan lines.

They have urged Ghanaians to vote 'No' in the referendum. Mahama speaking to the media in WA explained that electing Local Government representatives along partisan lines while giving the President power to appoint 10 percent of the members of the assembly is not tenable.

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He said the NDC have asked for some amendments to be done and if not they will go ahead to vote 'NO'.

“Our party has raised some issues. There are other amendments that must be made in order that we achieve the purpose that we want. If they do it that is cool, if they do not do it then we have to decide what we will do. If they do not do it then it will not be useful to vote YES.”

“For instance, we have to repeal the part that says the President can appoint members of the District Assembly because if we say we are going to make them elected by political parties why will we go and vote as political parties and the President will still have the right to appoint 10 percent of the Assembly so all those things should be repealed so we can see our way clearly. The government has promised to look at those things and repeal them so we are hoping that they will be able to do that.”

The Referendum which seeks to amend Article 55 (3) to enable political parties to sponsor candidates for election to District Assemblies or Lower Local Government Units has been greeted with mixed reactions from a number of interest groups.

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Currently, the law, in Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, says District Chief Executives for every Metropolitan, Municipal and District are to be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the assembly present and voting at the meeting.