President commends voters for participating in referendum

Some voters casting their vote at the Western North refrendom

Some voters casting their vote at the Western North refrendom

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended voters in the various parts of the country who participated in the referendum for the creation of the six new regions.

 

He said the process, which was largely peaceful, had clearly demonstrated that Ghanaians had a deep attachment to the values and principles of democracy and rule of law.

 

Last week, December 27, Ghanaians in some parts of the country turned out in their numbers to assent to the reorganisation of the country’s regional governance structure.

 

Voters who participated in the exercise voted overwhelmingly for the creation of the Ahafo, Bono East, North East, Oti, Savannah and Western North regions.

 

In each of the six affected areas, the threshold as stipulated in the Constitution for the creation of a region to succeed, that is, at least 50 per cent turnout of the registered electorate and at least 80 per cent of votes cast in favour, was convincingly met.

 

President Akufo-Addo, in a congratulatory message, commended the people in the soon to be created regions for the peaceful manner in which they exercised the franchise and constitutional right.

 

“The will of the people determined the outcome of Thursday’s referenda, and I congratulate the people in the soon to be created region for the peaceful manner in which they exercised their franchise and constitutional right”.

 

“The new leadership of the Electoral Commission is to be commended for passing its first test by ensuring the holding of free, fair and transparent referenda”.

 

“The security agencies and members of the media are also to be applauded for the invaluable roles played towards the success of this exercise,” he said.

 

President Akufo-Addo thanked the members of the Brobbey Commission, led by Mr. Justice S.A. Brobbey, a retired member of the Supreme Court, for the thorough and painstaking work which resulted in the recommendations that received endorsement.

By Yaw Kyei

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