The vote ended with provisional results indicated by Joy News showing mostly a YES vote, which is a massive endorsement in almost all affected areas. The President in a statement also commended the new leadership of the Electoral Commission “for passing its first test by ensuring the holding of free, fair and transparent referenda.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has congratulated the people in the soon to be created regions for the dignified, peaceful manner in which they exercised their franchise and constitutional right.
“It is a harbinger of that national transformation into the free, open, democratic state that is at the core of our national aspiration for freedom and justice. “The security agencies and members of the media are also to be applauded for the invaluable roles played towards the success of this exercise.”
He hailed the will of the people of Ahafo, Bono East, North East, Oti, Savannah and Western North which determined the results of Thursday’s referenda. He said by the singular process of the referenda, it has again demonstrated to the world Ghanaians deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law.
This is the first time, in a constitutional era, that regions are being created under constitutional provisions. In each of the six affected areas, the threshold as stipulated in the Constitution for the creation of a region to succeed, i.e. at least 50% turnout of the registered electorate and at least 80% of votes cast in favour, was convincingly and spectacularly met.
“We are chartering new paths in the growth and development of our country, and I am confident that, together, we will put our nation onto the path of progress and prosperity,” the President said.