The Catholic Diocese of Ho, under the auspices of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 launched the Diocesan sensitisation programme on the upcoming referendum expected to take place on December 17.
The event which was themed “participation of political parties and citizens in the district level elections” took place at the St. Cecilia parish hall, Ho Dome.
The programme is aimed at educating the citizens on what is expected of them during and after the referendum with the participants sharing ideas on how to exercise their right and duties during the referendum.
Speaking at the event, Most Rev. Emmanuel Flanu. SVD, Bishop of Ho encouraged Catholics to take part in the Political affairs of the country by being decent and discharging their duties and exercising their rights when the time is near.
He reaffirmed that, the catholic church does not prevent her members from taking part in the political duties or exercising their political rights, hence organising this program to educate her members and citizens on their political duties, rights and freedoms and what is expected of them as citizens when the referendum time is up.
“The view of the catholic church in governance is that the political agenda must never lose sight of creating social structures that will guarantee the political freedom for shared citizenry for shared responsibility.”
He added that Catholic church also believes in the system of decentralisation, thus, all Catholics must endeavour to participate in the referendum.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has scheduled December 17, 2019, to conduct a referendum to approve the bill to amend Clause 3 of Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution.
This bill when passed will permit political parties to fund candidates for election to District assemblies and lower local government units.
The purpose of this referendum is to seek if Ghanaians are “in favour of the Bill to amend Clause 3 of Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution to allow Political Parties to sponsor candidates for election to district assemblies or lower local government units.