The Sunyani Catholic Diocese has launched a sensitisation programme to educate Ghanaians to understand issues about the forthcoming referendum and district level elections.
The programme is in line with the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference Local Governance Project to encourage active participation of citizens in local vernance and local level elections.
Speaking at the launch of the Sunyani Diocesan Chapter of the project in Sunyani yesterday, the Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese of the Catholic Church, the Most Rev.
Matthew Gyamfi decried the apathy by Ghanaians in local level elections and governance.
“The apathy demonstrated by the citizenry in the participation of local governance requires the district assemblies, chiefs, media and politicians to champion the cause of active participation in local governance”, he stated.
He, therefore, called on both state and non-state stakeholders to sensitise the people to the successful conduct of the forthcoming district level elections and referendum on December 17, 2019.
He said the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference would offer support to the government, the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and other stakeholders to create awareness and understanding of issues at stake before, during and after the December 17, 2019 district level elections and referendum for the amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution.
Most Rev. Gyamfi said the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ghana had followed with keen interest debates on the bill currently before Parliament to amend Article 243 (1) that would lead to the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs)