Ras Mubarak defies NDC and endorses ‘YES’ vote for December 17 referendum
The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak is canvassing for a 'YES' vote in the December 17, 2019 referendum which is to decide on whether or not political parties should be allowed to sponsor candidates at district level elections. According to
Mubarak, he disagrees with his party's National Democratic Congress NDC position of a 'NO' vote to disallow political parties from being involved in local level elections. To him, political parties are already involved in local level elections and therefore it would
be hypocritical to vote “NO” for an already existing practice. The NDC is canvassing for a "NO" vote in the upcoming referendum on whether political parties should be allowed to openly participate in district level elections. The NDC has explained that a ‘YES’ vote
would divide Ghanaians along party lines at the local level. In a radio interview on Accra based Okay Fm on Tuesday morning November 19, 2019, Mr Mubarak said as far as he was concerned he has not received any information from the party's leadership in Parliament
that they should vote 'NO'. To him, the NDC cannot whip everybody along to accept decisions taken by the national executive. He insisted Members of Parliament have a medium through which they are "whipped" in line for a position and that a purported declaration by the
Minority Leader, Iddrisu in a radio interview wasn't the proper way through which the party communicates with its Members of Parliament. Certainly, the NDC as a political party has some challenges with aspects of the Bill, which we have made clear. I respect the party’s
position but I completely disagree with the party that we should be advocating for a ‘NO’ vote at the referendum. My position for a ‘YES’ vote is hinged on the fact there is political party involvement in the elections anyway.
In every part of the district there is hardly any assemblyman or woman who is not tacitly on one political party or the other, go to the assemblies and check. We shouldn’t play ostrich in the election of assemblymen and women," he said.