A referendum is where an entire electorate is invited to vote on a particular question, which has been referred to them for a direct decision. On 17th December 2019, a constitutional referendum will be held in Ghana, along side District Level Elections (DLEs). Ghanaians will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No” on the question:
“Are you in favour of the Bill to amend Clause 3 of Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates for the election to District Assemblies or Lower Local Government Units”?
The government has already presented an amendment of Article 243 (1) of the 1992 constitution bill, which requires the President to appoint District Chief Executives. The proposed amendments to the Constitution will allow for the direct election of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), and allow political parties to be involved in the local elections. This will be possible if it garners at least a 40% turnout and 75% of YES votes.