Maintain constitutional lines in creation of new regions – Togbe Afede


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By
Samuel Akumatey, GNA

Ho, Sept. 16, GNA – Togbe Afede XIV,
Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs has urged
government to maintain constitutional lines on the creation of new regions to
avoid a flood of demands for new boundaries.

He said increased demands for new regions was
a situation the 1992 Constitution sought to prevent by rigidifying provisions
on boundary

By
Samuel Akumatey, GNA

Ho, Sept. 16, GNA – Togbe Afede XIV,
Agbogbomefia of Asogli and President of the National House of Chiefs has urged
government to maintain constitutional lines on the creation of new regions to
avoid a flood of demands for new boundaries.

He said increased demands for new regions was
a situation the 1992 Constitution sought to prevent by rigidifying provisions
on boundary alterations.

Togbe Afede who was addressing a durbar to
climax the 2018 Asogli TeZa of the Asogli State in Ho, said  “if one of the issues to be decided in
such a referendum is the boundary of a new region, then it is difficult to see
how voting could be limited to the people in an assumed boundary.”

He said his office received concerns from
people living in both sides of the divide, and said, “the concentration of
the Commission’s work on the areas from which petitions came betrayed an early
assumption that voting would take place in those areas only. If this thinking
holds, then we should prepare ourselves for a flood of requests for, and
promises of new regions.”

Togbe Afede said to avoid the ‘bubbles’,
boundary recommendations and the planned referendum should follow the
Constitution’s clear guidelines on the process in the interest of peace and
unity.

This year’s festival, which was on the theme
“Uniting for the cause of Asogli and Ghana”, also marked the 15th
Anniversary of Togbe Afede’s enstoolment.

He called for concerted efforts to develop
Asogli and reassured the people of economic transformation for the rapid
socioeconomic development of the Volta region.

GNA


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