The leadership of CVM would like to urge the New Patriotic Party and President Akufo-Addo to discontinue the campaign for YES VOTE in the upcoming MMDCEs Referendum in December 17, 2019.
All members of the New Patriotic Party should campaign and vote against the Election of MMDCEs since NDC has failed to support such a laudable policy.
Yes it was a campaign promise to the good people of Ghana but we have to admit that such a policy requires Constitutional amendments unlike other campaign promises. We need two-third majority in Parliament to amend Article 243(1) of the Constitution and about 74% of the total valid votes cast during the referendum to pave way for the amendment to the Article 55(3) of the Constitution.
First, we need to understand that Majority in Parliament would need the support of Minority before we can reach the two-third majority to amend Article 243(1) paving the way for election of MMDCEs. Again whether the election of MMDCEs should be partisan or non-partisan, the policy would require the support of Ghanaians through a referendum.
However, the betrayal of the NDC and it's Minority in Parliament would be a very clear sabotage to this referendum exercise. There is no way we can achieve YES VOTE since the NDC are advocating for NO VOTE, and this exercise demands full Inter-Party Consensus especially from the two leading Political Parties, NPP and NDC.
If NO VOTE wins on the 17th December Referendum, it will create a suicidal tendencies for the New Patriotic Party ahead of the 2020 General Elections. It will give some political audacity to the 2020 campaign of the incompetent NDC.
Let's avoid the political risk factors associated with the election of MMDCEs.
The NPP and Government needs to officially boycott the 17th December, 2019 MMDCEs Referendum as well as shoot down the amendment process for the Article 243(1) in Parliament.
We are not going to allow NCCE, IDEG, CDD and NDC to cause political misfortunes for the New Patriotic Party.
CVM is totally against election of MMDCEs largely due to "political stupidity" of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Razak Kojo Opoku
(CVM Founder and President)