Ghanaians have been urged not to abandon the December 17 Referendum and District Level Elections (DLEs) but go all out to exercise their franchise to make the process a success.
Mr Abubakar Boniface Saddiqque, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, noted that the December 17 Referendum and DLEs were going to deepen the country’s democracy by giving the electorate the opportunity to vote for candidates of their choice at the grassroots.
Mr Saddique was speaking at a Town Hall Meeting, organised by the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA), on Thursday.
It was to create awareness and clarify issues on the impending elections and referendum as well as counteract the misconceptions surrounding it.
The meeting was also meant to whip up enthusiasm of the people within the Municipality to go out and vote.
It brought together leaders from the Zongo Community, officials from the Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, past assembly members, Drivers Unions, the Madina Market Women Association and some Civil Society Organisations.
Mr Saddique noted that Ghana currently had about 35,000 assembly members who were working to enhance the development of the nation hence the need to vote for people credible enough to ensure effective development.
If people were elected at the district level, they had better chances for being elected as MPs because “your record would speak for you if you seek re-election for an MP position,” he said.
He debunked rumours that if electorates voted YES, chiefs who had representation in the assemblies would be done away with.