The Municipal Chief Executive for Ayawaso West in the Greater Accra Region, Sandra Owusu Ahenkorah, has urged eligible voters to turn out in their numbers and vote massively for ‘yes’ vote in the December 17, 2019 referendum.
According to her, the amendment of the Article 55(3) would cure the incidence of the winner takes all syndrome that had plagued the country’s democratic system.
Mrs Ahenkorah made this known at a sensitisation, education and awareness creation forum organised by the assembly for the Bawaleshie community at East Legon, a suburb of Accra, geared towards ensuring the area vote massively in support of the president’s proposal to local level elections on partisan basis.
She indicated that “the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives will ensure transparency, probity and accountability at the local level and put the power to appoint and remove from office in the hands of the electorate since a ‘yes’ vote will create an opportunity for smaller parties to contribute to the governance structure at the local level, thus increase turnout during elections.
“If you vote ‘yes’, you are helping to deepen democracy by ensuring that competence will never be overlooked or compromised in favour of party colours because a ‘yes’ vote is for accountability, probity, transparency, development, competence, efficiency and effectiveness.
“As MMDCEs, we have a crucial role to play in correcting the misconception and misinformation created on the referendum, and I urge the assemblies to support and assist the president achieve his vision of relinquishing power to the citizenry,” Mrs Ahenkorah said.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU