More than half of Ghanaians not aware of December 2019 Referendum

Accra, Nov. 12, GNA
– More than half of Ghanaians, (51 percent) say they are not aware of the
upcoming December 2019 referendum on whether Local Government elections should
be made partisan or remain non-partisan, a new Afrobarometer survey by the CDD

Men, the highly
educated, and elderly citizens above 56years, are more aware of the referendum
than women, citizens with less schooling, and the youth. 

The survey also
shows that a significant proportion of Ghanaians are either not likely to vote
in the referendum, or “don’t know” whether or not they will

Six in 10 Ghanaians
(58 percent) say they are likely to vote in the upcoming referendum, while a
significant minority (29 percent) are not likely to vote.

The Afrobarometer
survey, which was conducted between September 16 and October 3, this year,
across the country, sought the views of Ghanaians on Democracy, Elections and
the December 2019 referendum.

It indicates that
among those who are aware of the referendum, 54 percent say the Electoral
Commission’s preparations toward the election have been satisfactory, with 18
percent saying there have been a lot of education about the referendum.

The Afrobarometer is
a non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on
democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues across Africa.

The Ghana team is
led by the Centre for Democratic Governance.