Partisan elections at district level will develop minority parties – PNC …But Prof. Kweku Asare disagrees

Akane Adams, the National Treasurer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Akane Adams has called for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum.

According to him, “partisan elections at the district level will open opportunities for minority political parties with no representation in Parliament, and deepen decentralisation processes.

But Professor Kwaku Asare, has disagreed and launched a  ‘no’ vote campaign ahead of upcoming referendum and insisted that introduction of partisanship into local governance system was recipe for disaster.

“I am not different from civil society groups, some individuals and National Democratic Congress  voting ‘yes’ will politicise local governance system against entrenched clause of  Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution.

“Yes” vote in referendum will have dire consequences including increase in cronyism and nepotism, people at local level are in need of solutions and improvements on social amenities and livelihoods.

However, Mr Adams indicated that “election at district assembly level will afford minority parties opportunity to have representation at district level because we don’t have representation in parliament, it’s even the minority political parties who should be advocating for the gesture.

“PNC will go for ‘yes’ vote on December 17, 2019, referendum. We will go for  ‘yes’ vote,  we are over-exaggerating issues with regards to decision or proposal to amend Article 55(3) of the 1992  Constitution, absolutely nothing wrong with that.

“I wonder why many are calling for no vote when political parties are already engaged in partisan political activities at district level, if now there is a proposal we should be allowed as political parties to engage in district assembly elections. There is nothing wrong with it.

“I urge leaders of political parties to stop engaging in emotional arguments over the issue and rather educate, sensitise and create awareness for the citizenry on the processes.  We have to do away with emotion. I listen to people engage in emotional talk, we are for anything like that, broaden scope, engage in discussions to ensure the citizenry understand the processes,” Mr Adams stressed.  

“If I’m the president, I will not spend money on partisanship, I will spend money on streamlining assemblies since yes win, divisive tendencies of partisan politics will be transferred to local level,” he cautioned. –

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