Chief Urges Professionals To Contest Local Elections

Mr Julius Debrah,Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (3)The chief of New- Sawireso in the Asunafo South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, Nana Agyemang Duah, has appealed to the government to institute a national debate on ways to attract more skilled personnel to contest future Unit and District Assembly elections.

He said the absence of skilled personnel in the various district assemblies was having an adverse effect on their effectiveness and operations.

Nana Duah noted in an interview with newsmen at New-Sawereso.

He said such a national debate should attract contributions from the various stakeholders in the country.

The traditional leader suggested that a national debate on the future of the unit and district level elections should involve the various political parties, religious bodies and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, so that a comprehensive formula was worked out to attract more qualified people to contest in future elections.

Nana Duah added that the debate should also focus on whether or not partisan consideration should be introduced into the polls.

He lamented that most vacancies on the unit committees could not be filled due to apathy on the part of the people to file for the election.

“The unit committees constitute the pivot around which the country’s democracy revolves and so all efforts should be made to encourage people to participate in it” he said.

“Nana Duah described as ironical the situation where the electorate made demands on assembly members and unit committee executives who are not paid allowances by assemblies,”

He attributed the failure of the assemblies to attract qualified personnel who could put their expertise at the disposal of the assemblies to lack of remuneration.

“The duties of assembly members are time consuming and for that matter some form of incentives should be worked out to entice professionals in various disciplines in the country,” he said..

Nana Duah called on professionals to show more commitment towards local government elections, since the consolidation of democracy depended on the survival and sustenance of local government structures.   From Listowell Ohene Adjei, New-Sawireso


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