No cost to govt for creation of new regions

 Mr Korsah

Mr Korsah

Deputy Minister of Regional Re-organisation, Martin Agyei-Mensah Korsah has stated that the government will not spend money on organising a referendum for the creation of new regions in the country.
According to him, claims by some persons, that the creation of some six new regions would take a toll on the national purse was not true.

The referendum is scheduled to take place on December 27, 2018.
Mr Korsah explained that the referendum for the creation of the new regions would be carried out by the Electoral Commission, and they would work with their already existing budget.

“It is the EC’s budget, of course, maybe you will have to get additional personnel, this is just a referendum, and you are not buying any separate equipment because of the referendum.

“The referendum, I do not think it has a separate cost for now, you have the various stakeholder agencies that have their annual budget sent and approved by parliament, they will be undertaking this as an assignment within their yearly programme,” Mr Korsah noted.

Mr Korsah also noted that plans are far advanced for the referendum to be carried out.

The NPP government promised to create six new regions prior to the 2016 elections.

The President established a commission of inquiry to look into the issue of the proposal to create the six new regions.

Findings from the Commission gave the president the go-ahead to begin the processes towards the creation of the new regions.

The Commission recommended that the Electoral Commission should carry out a referendum in the proposed regions.

The new regions to be created are Western North, Bono East, Ahafo, Savannah, North East, and Oti regions.

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