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General News of Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Report on creation of new regions to be submitted this month - Dan Botwe

The Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development, Dan Botwe has said that the commission of enquiry on the creation of the new regions will submit its report to the President by the end of June.

In a Citi News interview, he explained that the president would refer the report after receipt to the Director of Commission who will give details for the format of the referendum.

“By June ending, the commission of enquiry will submit their report to the President, by Article 5.4, Article 5.5 says that when Mr Presient receives the recommendation, he will refer it to the Director of Commission who will then organise a referendum in a manner they deem fit. That then will come to the precincts of the Electoral Commission,” he said.

According to Dan Botwe, the commission’s report will outline critical details about the creation of the regions and those who would be qualified to vote in the referendum.

The Commission of Enquiry chaired by Justice Allan Brobbey was set up to look into concerns and petitions for the creation of new regions in line with the 2016 NPP manifesto.

President Akufo-Addo in October 2017 inaugurated the Commission of Enquiry that went around the country to collate the views of residents in carving out new regions from existing ones.

The attempts to create new regions are in fulfilment of the New Patriotic Party’s campaign promise to carve new regions out of the Brong Ahafo, Western, Northern and Volta Regions.

The Commission visited the Volta, Western, Northern and the Brong Ahafo Regions, to solicit the views of residents on the creation of the new regions.

50 percent of persons living within the proposed areas will be required to endorse the proposal for new regions, through a referendum.