The President in his address to the nation on Sunday, December 1, 2019, stated that his government will work to attain a broad national consensus on the referendum because it is as important as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution, is critical.
The boss of the NCCE, Mrs Josephine Nkrumah has confirmed in an interview on Joy News explaining that government blew an of ¢1million and that the whole amount came from the coffers of the ministry of Local Government.
“We were kindly sponsored by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. We didn’t have direct funding from the government of Ghana to carry out the district level elections and a referendum on the awareness-raising and education…. We were given a million cedis and as we speak, we’ve dissipated all of those resources and that is not cheap money for NCCE,” a visibly disappointed Madam Nkrumah said in the interview.
She was unhappy that all the work they put in has gone into the drain and that Ghanaians had a chance to change their lives through the referendum.
“You look at all the work you did and you are like wow, so all of this and it’s been called off. I think it was a real opportunity for us as Ghanaians in terms of local governance, in terms of reforms and in terms of where collectively as a people we wanted local governance to go. It’s a golden opportunity that we’ve all missed,” she added.