In a televised speech on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo announced that a decision has been taken to stop the processes for the referendum after “broad consultation with other stakeholders”.
President Akufo-Addo accused the opposition National Democratic Congress of bad faith and hypocrisy.
“The President can not speak to the EC through TV broadcasts. The EC cannot suspend the referendum unless CI 120(13) is annulled. The bill cannot be withdrawn while there is a CI based on it! To annul the CI requires the vote of 2/3 majority of MPs”.
He argued that an impending defeat for a referendum question which the president supports not ground to call it off.
According to him, the referendum cannot be withdrawn when there is a Constitutional Instrument (C.I) on it.
According to him, the legal thing to do to stop the referendum is to annul the C.I with 2/3rd majority votes.
“The writ of referendum issued by the EC pursuant to Article 290(4) and Regulation 13 of CI 120 has been suspended by executive fiat.
Briefly, the story is as follows: