The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, has disclosed that the proposed elections of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) will be done on political party lines.
According to her the process of electing MMDCEs will not be any different from that of Members of Parliament (MPs).
The Minister made the disclosure on the floor of Parliament when she took her turn to debate the President’s State of the Nations Address (SONA) on Wednesday.
Mr Speaker “the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told this House that he has an ambitious program to move this nation forward and one of such programs is to elect MMDCEs on partisan lines,” she stated.
Speaking in an interview with Today newspaper shortly after her statement the Local Government Minister explained that the President’s call to elect MMDCEs on partisan lines is a constitutional requirement.
According to her Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution clearly states the position of government.
“The President with his stands on the election of MMDCEs shows he is prepared to seed some of his powers,” she noted.
“Appointing 216 MMDCEs makes the President very powerful, so for him to insist that MMDCEs should be elected shows his commitment to deepen local government governance” she reiterated.
She also pointed out that making the elections of MMDCEs on partisan bases will eliminate the winner takes all governance system that is currently being practiced in Ghana now. She said with the system there will be some sort of power sharing governance because there will be no time a single party can win all the slots available.
The Minister also announced that the election of local assembly members and a referendum on elections of MMDCEs will be run concurrently in 2019.
“This implies that Ghana may go into polls to elect MMDCEs in 2021 because immediately after the elections of local assembly members, there will be election 2020 and we all know that we cannot add the elections of MMDCEs to that of presidential and parliamentary elections,” Hajia Alima further explained.
Source: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH