Voters endorse creation of 6 new regions in historic referendum

Voters endorse creation of 6 new regions in historic referendum

All six of the proposed regions have provisionally met the constitutional threshold to become fully fledged legally recognized regions.

Ghana will now have sixteen regions instead of the ten regions before the referendum.

The 6 new regions are Bone East, Savannah, Western North, North East, Ahafo and Oti Regions.

About two million voters cast their vote overwhelmingly for the creation of the six new regions in Thursday’s historic referendum.

The constitution requires that at least 50% of the electorate show up for the election out of which 80% must vote YES to have the region created.

The reorganisation of the regions is a demand by members of the Volta, Oti; Brong Ahafo, Ahafo and Bono East; Northern, Savannah and North East and Western Regions, Western North, mostly aligned by article 5 of the 1992 constitution which imposed strict requirement on the creation of new regions, alteration of boundaries or the merger of two or more regions.

On August 15, 2017, the Council of State advised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint a Commission of Enquiry to look into the need to create six regions and make recommendations on all factors involved in the creation of the regions.

The commission, chaired by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice S. A. Brobbey, was established pursuant to Article 5 of the 1992 Constitution and CI 105 and commenced work on November 21, 2017.

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On June 27, 2018, it presented its report to President Akufo-Addo and recommended the creation of six new regions. The commission also recommended to the President that the referendum be limited to the proposed regions.

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