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EC TO SET DATE FOR REFERENDUM ON NEW REGIONS

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The Electoral Commission is set to fix a date for the referendum on the creation of new regions.

The Electoral Commission is set to fix a date for the referendum on the creation of new regions.

 

The Justice Brobbey Commission yesterday submitted its report to the President, recommending the creation of the Western North, Bono East, Ahafo, Savannah, North East, and Oti regions.

Justice Brobbey said the recommendation is what had been put in the report titled ‘Equitable Distribution of Natural Resources for Balanced Development,’ which encapsulates the aspirations of the people from the areas the demands emanated. He was hopeful the President would find the recommendation useful.

Dan Botwe, Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, in an interview with the Daily Statesman said the next step would be for the EC to look into the recommendations and take the necessary steps.

He added that his ministry had been in the touch with the EC to determine cost of the referendum which was part of the 2018 budget.

President Akufo-Addo, after receiving the report, stated that the process for the creation of six new regions now rest in the hands of the EC and the citizenry.

He expressed appreciation to the 9-person Commission for the work done. He said he followed with keen interest the proceedings of the Commission, and was satisfied with the wide nature of the consultations undertaken.

With the potential creation of the 6 new regions, the President reiterated that, at least, 50% of the persons entitled to vote must vote in each of the different referendum. At least 80% of the votes cast must be cast in favour of the creation of a region, for the demand to succeed.

 “The Constitution insists that the process and outcome must be guided by the popular will, and it is my earnest wish that the holding of the referenda will be conducted in an orderly and peaceful manner,” he said.

The President explained that, generally, throughout history, administrative regions have been created to bring governance closer to the people and accelerate socio-economic development.

 “We are chartering new paths in the development of Ghanaian democracy. This is the first time that, in a constitutional era, regions are being created under constitutional provisions. The work of this Commission will definitely be one of the landmarks in that journey. History will definitely applaud, I have no doubt, the manner in which this Commission has discharged its historic duty,” the President added.