Accra, 09 October, 2019 / 2:24 am (ACI Africa).
As the countdown to Ghana’s referendum draws to a close, the Catholic Bishops in the West African country are prioritizing civic education, which they consider significant in having the citizens make an informed decision at the ballot.
“Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference will offer its support … in the efforts aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the issues at stake before, during and after the referendum,” reads in part a statement by the Archbishop of Accra, John Bonaventure Kwofie.
“The citizenry and parliament can (therefore) make informed choices and decisions,” continues the Archbishop’s statement, read on his behalf by his Vicar General, Fr. Dr. John Louis last Friday, October 4 while addressing the participants during the launch of the regional and diocesan sensitization programme on the December national referendum in Ghana.
Ghanaians are expected to take part in a constitutional referendum to amend Article 55 (3) of their 1992 constitution slated to take place on December 17.
The proposed amendment would permit direct election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) as well as allow political parties to engage in local elections.