Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Polling stations closed late Thursday in 47 districts across Ghana after millions cast their vote in a referendum aimed at creating six new regions.
The exercise was in fulfillment of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s presidential election promise to bring the total number of regions to 16 and thereby broadening the electoral sphere.
The new regions the referendum is seeking to create are: the Western North, Ahafo, Bono East, Oti, North East and Savannah regions.
Analysts believe the exercise will obtain a massive YES vote because it has the backing of the government and main opposition.
Ghana’s Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Thursday morning cast his vote in the referendum on the creation of the North East Region.
Shortly after casting his vote, he encouraged all eligible voters in the proposed area to go out to vote.
“I think it is very important that everybody has a say in the creation of this region.”
He also called for voters in the other proposed regions across the country to take part in the exercise, saying, “It is not a partisan matter”.
© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng