Calling-off referendum laudable idea by Prez-Group

A group calling itself Citizens for Change and Accountable Governance has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for calling-off the December 17 referendum.

Leader of the group Kofi Asante Mensah told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that the group was pleased with the withdrawal.

He said the president has demonstrated that he is a leader with a listening ear saying, ”we must commend the president for the bold decision. He has indeed demonstrated leadership”.

He said the fact that the referendum has been called-off does not mean we should go to sleep, thus organise a national dialogue on the matter and agree on the way forward.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called off the referendum slated for December 17, this year, saying there is lack of broad, national consensus among key stakeholders and the populace.

Addressing the nation on the referendum yesterday, the President indicated that for him, the attainment of a broad consensus on a matter as important as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution was critical.

The President said in the circumstances, he was convinced that it would not serve the public interest to go ahead withholding of the referendum on December 17, “even though I believe a strong campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote would have succeeded”.

He reiterated his belief in consensus building, saying: “I also think that on matters of such constitutional significance, there should be a broad, national consensus behind the repeal of an entrenched provision of the Constitution.”

Mr. Kofi Asante Mensah said Ghanaians lacked the understanding of the rationale behind the referendum.

He said there were not enough public engagements, hence the call-off was the best decision for the nation.

He opined that the entire nation would have been embarrassed if the referendum had been organised as planned.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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