President Akufo-Addo will address the nation on the upcoming referendum at 8 pm today, Sunday, December 1, 2019.
It comes on the back of fears the government will call off the referendum over the mounting disapproval facing it. The President was the first to declare support for a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum which is to decide whether political parties should be allowed to sponsor candidates local level elections.
The main opposition NDC has said it will vote ‘no’ explaining allowing parties in local polls will further divide the nation.
Meanwhile, The Electoral Commission has directed its regional accountants to ‘hold on’ with the issuance of funds to the respective branches for the December referendum.
An internal memo from the deputy chairperson of the commission in charge of operation to staff sighted by Starr News did not give a reason for the directive.
The memo also directed that a scheduled training for officers ahead of the referendum should be put on hold.
“I write to request you to kindly hold on to funds meant for Referendum balance Issuers. Regional Directors are required to ensure that this directive is strictly complied with. Please standby for further directives in due cause.
“Regional Directors are kindly requested to inform District Electoral Officers to hold on with the organization of the impending Grassroots Trainin Workshops scheduled to start from tomorrow, Friday. 2th’ November, 2019 until they have received funds for that purpose,’ the two memos addressed to staff read.