Chiefs ‘ban’ activities on Ahafo Region referendum day

Barima Twereku Ampem

Barima Twereku Ampem

The Ahafo Council of Chiefs and Ahafo Development Committee has placed a ban on the transaction of business and commercial activities on the day of the referendum for the proposed Ahafo Region.
It is to afford prospective voters the opportunity to fully participate and vote YES to ensure the creation of the Ahafo Region.

They have also appealed to all churches and religious organisations to hold off on all their intended conventions and religious programmes until after the referendum.

The decision of the council was disclosed by the Omanhene of Ntotroso traditional area in the Asutifi North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, Barima Twereku Ampem III at a durbar in Ntotroso as part of activities initiated to create awareness and encourage communities to turn out in their numbers to vote.

He had earlier marched with communities on the principal streets of Ntotroso and Gyedu before they converged at the durbar grounds wearing branded T-shirts with the inscription, ‘Ahafo Region-Vote YES on 27th December 2018.’

Barima Ampem explained that Ahafo was endowed with a large amount of mineral resources and other potentials could propel the area’s development and appealed to residents not to disappoint the future generation on opportunity for development.

“The council will not tolerate any misbehaviour at the polling station before, during and after the referendum, the youth must desist from excessive alcohol intake, let me serve warning to them, we will deal ruthlessly with anyone who disrupts the process under the influence of alcohol or harassment or intimidation Barima Ampem,” he warned.

Anthony Mensah, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asutifi North, encouraged residents to turn out in their numbers and vote in favour of the creation of the region saying, “This is a golden opportunity for Ahafo and our generation not to be the ones to destroy what our forefathers and opinion leaders fought for over decades”.
“The constitution requires 50 per cent of all eligible voters turnout to vote on the day with YES votes constituting 80 per cent of votes cast and I appealed to residents to ensure relations who have travelled are encouraged to return for the historic vote.” –citinewsroom.com

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