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New petition asks Mahama to make December 7 a holiday 







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President John Dramani Mahama has been petitioned to make Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the day of the election, a holiday.
A Ghanaian, Derek Laryea who made the request on Monday said that the move would ensure that many Ghanaians are not disenfranchised since they would not have to go to work or school.
“Mr. President, I am of the firm conviction, as I believe are outstanding majority of Ghanaians as well, that should the 7th of December, 2016 not be declared as a holiday, it will disenfranchise many Ghanaians and prevent them including myself from performing the essential civic responsibility to vote,” the petition added.
His petition follows the announcement by the Ministry of Interior, Prosper Bani that the Election Day is not a holiday.
The Ghana Education Service has also cautioned heads and teachers of educational institutions in the country not to view the Election Day as a holiday.
Below is the full petition
PETITION TO DECLARE 7TH DECEMBER, 2016 A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
I write to humbly petition your high office to declare 7th December a national holiday for the reasons outlined below.
Your Excellency, as you know, universal adult suffrage is a cornerstone of our nascent democracy. Indeed it is one of the pillars on which our Constitution rests, as can be seen in the preamble. This year, the parliamentary and presidential elections come off on Wednesday 7th December 2016, which happens to be a week day.
Mr. President, I am of the firm conviction, as I believe are outstanding majority of Ghanaians as well, that should the 7th of December, 2016 not be declared as a holiday, it will disenfranchise many Ghanaians and prevent them including myself from performing the essential civic responsibility to vote.
Your Excellency, as at the time of writing this letter, there was no indication by your Honourable Ministerof Interior that the said date shall be a holiday. It is for this reason that I humbly petition your high office and appeal to your good conscience and innermost sense of nationalism, to declare Wednesday 7th December, 2016 a national holiday.
Please be assured that Ghanaians, including myself shall be exceedingly grateful to you for granting this petition.
Sincerely,
Signed
Derek Laryea






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