Referendum on MMDCE Elections on Partisan Basis slated for Dec. 2018
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Hajia Alima Mahama (MP), has said the date set for the referendum to determine whether the election of MMDCEs should be on partisan basis; has been scheduled for December 2019.
- She said the referendum will pave the way for the review of Article 55(3) of the 1992 constitution of Ghana. The Minister also indicated that, a national campaign strategy has been developed to facilitate a successful national referendum, to be conducted alongside the District Level Elections.
- Hajia Mahama announced that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has developed a comprehensive road-map, which is currently being implemented to guide legislative reviews and stakeholder consultations towards the referendum in December 2019.
- She noted that stakeholder consultations undertaken in all regions indicated that there was massive support for the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis. He therefore called on the media to join the campaign trail to ensure a massive turn-out just as it happened during the referendum for the newly created regions.
- Touching on funding and Internal Generated Funds, the Hon. Minister indicated that funding for MMDAs was vital to promoting service delivery at the local level. To this end she said total net transfers to MMDAs in 2018 amounted to GH¢863,500,195.00.
- The transfers she said resulted in the provision of over 1,200 sub-projects; including educational infrastructure, health, water and sanitary facilities at the local level across the country.
- Hajia Mahama also elaborated on interventions meant to improve Internal Generated Funds (IGF) in the MMDAs. They are: the review and issuance of the MMDAs Fee-Fixing Guidelines in 2017 to guide rates and fee fixing that resulted in several MMDAs identifying new revenue items which hitherto were not in their books.
- The development of a digital platform to simplify the issuance of Business Operating Permits (BOPs), in all the 29 districts of the Greater Accra Region which she noted was aimed at improving the ease of doing business.
- The Hon. Minister said the Construction Permit Software was developed for AMA and TMA under the Business Enabling Environment Project. She indicated that it was now operational and will be deployed to other Assemblies.
Hajia Alima Mahama reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to deepening decentralisation through policy formulation, capacitating and supporting MMDAs for improved service delivery
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