Upper West citizens sensitised on regional demarcation referendum

By
Sambiru Duut Elijah, GNA

Wa, Oct 23, GNA – Northern Sector Action on
Awareness Centre (NORSAAC), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has organised a
sensitisation training for the people of Upper West Region on the forthcoming
referendum on the proposed demarcation of new regions.

The programme held on the theme: “The
referendum we want,” was sponsored by Star Ghana with the aim of educating the
public on the referendum and the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and
District Chief Executives (MMDCES).

Representatives from the Electoral Commission
(EC), the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), NGOS, Civil Society
Organisations, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
and Traditional rulers among other institutions took part in the programme.

Mr Alhassan Mohammed Awal, the Executive
Director of NORSAAC, said the programme was one of many governance related
projects that NORSAAC was implementing in parts of the country to ensure its
reflection on the lives of the people.

NORSAAC would partner organisations like
Community Development Alliance (CDA), he said, to reduce the unacceptable
poverty indicators of the Upper West Region by empowering women and young
people.

He added that as the nation was preparing for
series of referenda in future which would undoubtedly affect the economic and
social lives of the citizens, especially in areas that would experience
re-demarcations, the citizenry deserved the right to know the process in order
to exercise their franchise.

He said NORSAAC would build capacities of
Civil Society Organisations to achieve inclusion and effective participation of
citizens in the upcoming regional demarcation.

The Deputy Upper West Regional Director of the
Electoral Commission, Mr Ali Osman, said the Commission is adequately prepared
for the referendum exercise as it has been resourced to undertake the task.

He added that limited voter registration
exercise was underway in the affected regions for people who have attained 18
years and above to take part of the forthcoming referendum.

It would be recalled that prior to the 2016
elections, the New Patriotic Party government promised to create six additional
regions and also introduce a legal framework to pave way for the election of
MMDCES to facilitate development.

Justice Brobey Commission of Enquiry
instituted by government to look into the regional demarcations, recommended
for splitting of Bono East and Ahafo regions both in the Brong-Ahafo region,
Savanna and North East regions from the Northern Region, Western North from
Western Region and the Oti Region from the Volta Region.

GNA

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