Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Osei Bonsu Amoah, says 40% of the total registered voters in Ghana are expected to participate in the December 17, 2019 referendum to endorse the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
According to him, the election of the MMDCEs is in the right direction and there is the need for Ghanaians to support the government to make it a reality.
“The requirement for the referendum is that 40% of the registered voters must participate or it will not be accepted and due to the cost involved, we hope to achieve 40% turnout in the referendum,” he said.
Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, Mr Amoah, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Akwapim South constituency, explained that the elections form part of measures to deepen democracy at the local level.
“The election is expected to bring sanity to our political sphere at the local level and also give parties equal and fair chances in our democratic governance,” he said.
He added: “It will ensure security of tenure and give the people an opportunity to elect their preferred candidates at the local level.”
The Deputy Minister expressed hope that the hard work and education would help achieve huge turnout in the referendum.
Source: Adomonline.com | Gertrude Otchere