The controversial December 17 referendum has been cancelled, President Nana Akufo-Akufo has announced.

The President addressing the nation on Sunday evening said the referendum has been postponed indefinitely due to divided opinions on the exercise.

“I do not believe this is a proper atmosphere for such an issue… It is with deep regret that I’ve given the instruction to the local government minister to abort the process and see to the withdrawal of the bill”, said in the President's address monitored by

The proposed amendment of the constitution was going to allow local government elections to be partisan.

Watch the President making the announcement below: