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To ensure a successful referendum for the elections of MMDCs, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has organised a workshop to sensitize various professional bodies on the modalities.


Addressing the participants in Accra, on Monday, the Minister,  Hajia Alima Mahama, explained that the elections of the MMDCEs is “to break the winner take-all syndrome in the Ghanaian politics which allows a party winning elections to appoint its people to occupy all vacant positions and to give meaning to popular participation in governance by allowing MMDCEs to truly represent the central government as required by law.”


According to her, a lot of consultative meetings have been held with various stakeholders like the media, political parties and traditional leaders among others and therefore the professional bodies could not be left out.


The Minister indicated that by law, it was expected that about 40 percent of the people turned out for the election with about 75 per cent positive response for the referendum.


Hajia Alima urged the media and all stakeholders to spread the word and get all involved since decentralisation was good and electing the MMDCEs would give the people the right to choose their own leader, while making the leader responsible and accountable to them.


During the interactions, the professional bodies expressed concern about the amount of money that would be used for the elections but the Minister assured them that since it was a priority, government would be able to make funds for it.


She urged all prospective MMDCEs to ensure that they cultivated the habit of gathering resources for the development of their respective districts and municipalities.


Welcoming the initiative, the Country Manager for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, Ms Stella Addo, commended government for the move and urged other professional bodies to rally behind it to ensure democracy at the local level.


A representative of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), Mr Kojo Krakani, pledge the support of the association to ensure that its members participate in the referendum.


He also asked government to ensure that the District Assembly Common Fund is released on time to enable the MMDCEs to discharge their functions efficiently.


Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo)