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Political Parties Deliberate on Election of MMDCEs

Jan. 15, 2019


Political Parties Deliberate on Election of MMDCEs

MLGRD 14/01/19 Political parties have met to deliberate on the roadmap leading to the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on partisan basis.

The meeting was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

The meeting which came off at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Madina, had all political represented. The consensus arrived at was that there was the need to deepen governance at the local level hence the need for the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis.

Amidst the consensus, there were a few concerns that were raised. Key amongst those concerns were the need to have structures put in place, the need to have a check system that will seek to recall incompetent DCEs elected. The Political parties also expressed misgivings should the NPP loose power in 2020 before the election of DCEs in 2021. They also suggested that the election of DCEs should coincide with the General Elections.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama (MP), responding to some of the concerns, said the roadmap was not sacrosanct. Concerning the recall of incompetent people, she pointed out that the constitution gave room for impeachment even though the process of was rigorous.

On the issue of the local elections coming off with General Elections, she said the constitution stipulated that Local Level Elections and General Elections were to be organised six months apart. It was agreed that representatives should report back to their officers and come back with position paper.

Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Ministers of Local Government and Rural Development, Osei Bonsu Amoah (MP), Augustine Collins Ntim (MP), and Chief Director, Charles K. Dondieu.



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