Addressing the nation on Sunday, December 1, 2019, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the attainment of a broad consensus, for him, on a matter as important as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution is critical.
“I do not believe that such an amendment should be driven as a party matter. There has to be a clear national consensus and agreement amongst the populace that a particular entrenched provision no longer serves the interest of the people, and, thus, has to be removed,” he said.
He continued: “In this case, it had been long apparent that political parties were, in fact, actively involved in district assembly elections, despite their apparently non-partisan nature. The time had come to strip the process of its hypocrisy, and accept and work with the reality of party involvement.”
At a press conference on Monday, December 2, 2019, the NPP said the President had no choice than to cancel the process, but added that: “We are, however, encouraged by the assurance last night that the President and the government are not giving up on this important search for a consensus for as long as the New Patriotic Party remains in office.”
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