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Is it just a delay tactic? That is the question being posed by the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) to government over the shifting of the timetable for election of Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by Nana Akufo-Addo in its 2016 manifesto promised to within 24 months of coming into power put in place modalities for the election of MMDCEs to coincide with the District Assembly elections in 2019.
Now in government, the NPP through the Local Government Ministry has amended the timetable to 2021 because according to them, Article 55(3) of the Constitution, an entrenched clause, does not allow partisan election at the local government level and hence would need a referendum to amend.
However, addressing a press conference, the founder of the PPP, Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum said the pussyfooting of government on the issue is giving them cause to worry.
He was surprised the NPP, a ‘party of lawyers’ did not spot the so-called constitutional barriers that they are now jumping on to justify their delay in fulfilling the promise they made to Ghanaians.
Dr. Ndoum said the NPP cannot use a referendum as an excuse to delay the implementation of the policy when it has made so much progress in moves to create new regions.
He described the election of MMDCEs as a “national interest policy that cannot be reduced to an NPP matter” and has urged the government to involve all parties and stakeholders in moves to implement the policy.
The 2016 flagbearer proposed that the NPP as a first step organizes non-partisan elections as it makes moves to amend the entrenched clause.
He served notice that the party would do all it can to sensitize the public on the importance of the election of MMDCEs in order to make it a critical election matter in 2020.
Source: Sena Nombo || Radiogold905.com