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GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO BRIDGING THE GAP IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE

The necessary processes are being initiated to bring about constitutional, legal, policy and institutional changes to ensure that the election of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

 

The move is expected to bridge the governance gap in local governance system and bring the needed change in the appointment of MMDCEs.

 

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, who made these known at a sensitization workshop on the election of MMDCEs in Accra, Thursday, noted that the election of MMDCEs was a global practice in local governance which sought to give citizens the mandate to elect their own leaders as well as deepen local democracy through popular participation in governance.

 

She explained that as part of its responsibilities, the Ministry had gone through several processes and consultative meetings to sensitise the various stakeholders involved and the citizenry on the functions, roles and responsibilities of the MMDCEs, so as to ensure a smooth and successful election.

 

She expressed the hope that the processes and the consultative meetings would sensitize key stakeholders on their required roles in the upcoming Referendum to amend the relevant constitutional provisions to make way for MMDCEs to be elected on partisan basis as well as enlighten stakeholders on the national roadmap towards electing MMDCEs and the roles stakeholders were required to play at each stage.

 

In an address, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, expressed the hope that the election would contribute to good governance at the local level and bring about transparency and accountability of the work of MMDCEs to the citizens while promoting development.

 

A Representative from the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy, Prof. Vladimir Antwi-Danso, in a presentation on the election of MMDCEs, said the election of the MMDCEs had been a continued call from the citizenry in all the regions.

 

Prof. Antwi-Danso said the election was necessary and that the need for change had come, adding that and the election of the MMDCEs was a process which was taking place for the change to materialise.

 

Source: ISD (Chantal Aidoo)