Ghana has now created six new regions bringing the total number of regions in the country to sixteen.
A referendum was held in areas that had to be split to form the new regions.
Thursdays referendum was successfully held with majority of voters voting YES to the new proposed regions. Voters had either a YES or NO option for the proposed regions.
The new regions created as a result of the referendum are Bono East, North East, Ahafo region, Western North, Savannah and Oti.
The original ten regions were the Bono Ahafo, Central, Western, Eastern, Volta, Ashanti, Upper East, Upper West, Greater Accra and Northern regions.
Results published by Ghana’s electoral commission showed that there was over 90 percent endorsement of the newly created regions.
Official:How Ghana voted to create six new regions. pic.twitter.com/nl2MK3tJAy
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The creation of the new regions was a campaign promise by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2016. His government considered the successful referendum as significant in fulfilling that promise.
The last time Ghana created new regions was in 1983 under a military regime.
Voting for the creation of the new regions provide a lot of information about voting in Ghana. Interesting outcomes: Very high turn out, Very few rejected ballots, almost violent-free, traditional rulers are still very influential even in voting. #Democracy #Voting pic.twitter.com/TP0Bk45wLT
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