The Executive Director for Resource Link Foundation, a Civil Society Organisation, Christopher Dapaah, has expressed concern about the misinformation and lack of proper education on the upcoming referendum, slated for December 17th.
The referendum is to allow Ghanaians to choose or reject, the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
Mr Dapaah believes the electorate are being misinformed, and have been told to vote only YES, instead of sensitizing the public on the implication of the available options of either a Yes or No vote.
He expressed this sentiment at a day’s Consultative Forum with stakeholders in the middle belt on the 2020 National Sector Budget, organised by SEND-Ghana at Akyawkrom in the Ejisu Municipality of Ashanti.
The forum, aimed at ensuring citizens’ participation by eliciting views, ideas, and concerns on the 2020 budget, as well as using those views and recommendations to influence the budget planning processes in the country.
This formed part of efforts to facilitate calls made by the Ministry of Finance, to annually, request for citizens’ input into the budget processes.
The Executive Director for Resource Link Foundation, Christopher Dapaah challenged colleagues in the industry, to scale up the campaign on the upcoming referendum.
The Ashanti Regional Director for Department of Children under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Stephen Ofosu Darfour, expressed concern about the lack of a correctional centre in the region.
This he described as disturbing.
The Deputy Country Director, SEND-Ghana, Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah, said the consultative forum will ensure that public concerns and inputs are included in the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
He highlighted the findings of SEND GHANA on the government school feeding programme.