Public Conversations about Party-Based Local Governance: European Experience and Ghanaian Transition

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The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), in collaboration with the Parliamentary Select Committee for Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) and the European Union (EU), is organizing a two-day Conversation on: ‘Party-based Local Governance: European Experience and Ghanaian Transition’. The first event will take place on Monday 24th June 2019 at Parliament House and the second on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at the IDEC House, East Legon.

Ghana has practiced multiparty democracy for 27 years in the Fourth Republic and decentralized local government in which political parties are constitutionally prohibited from participating for 31 years since 1988. The events provide a forum for reflecting and sharing experiences and insights in the workings of non-party based contra party based local government systems. They are also designed to promote public education and raise awareness on the issues associated with the forthcoming reforms and the 10th December 2019 national referendum on the amendment of Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution. Popular approval of the amendment will end the prohibition and trigger far reaching constitutional, legal, institutional, financial, political and allied reforms that will effectively establish a multiparty local government system in the country by 2021.

As Ghana considers transitioning from the current non-party based local government regime to a party-based system, two experts from the European Union (EU) have been invited to share their knowledge, insights and experiences with functioning multiparty local government systems in Denmark and Italy with the Members of Parliament and the Ghanaian public. The experts are Prof. Andrea Buratti of the Department of Law, University of Rome, Italy and Prof. Roger Buch of the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark.

Kwesi Jonah,
IDEC Snr Research Fellow
Advocacy and Institutional Relations

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