Election of MMDCEs is non-negotiable- Ndoum

The 2016 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Ndoum, has reiterated that the election of the metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) and assembly members is non-negotiable.

Dr. Ndoum  made the statement  during the fourth National Convention of the PPP organised in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region under the theme,’Election of MMDCEs for rapid national development.’

He  emphasised that the party would mount pressure on the government to ensure that it fulfill the  campaign promise it made  to the electorate that it  would ensure that MMDCEs and assembly members are duly elected when given the mandate.

“This promise must be delivered before the 2020 general election and the PPP will mount pressure to ensure that this campaign promise is fulfilled before the 2020 impending general election and the time has come for us to let the people at the local level make their own decisions,” he stressed.

Apart from citing  the  devolution of power from the central government  to the local level  as enshrined in  the 1992 constitution to buttress his point on the need to elect MMDCEs and  assembly members,  Dr. Ndoum  mentioned countries such as Cape Town of South Africa, London and Dakar  which  have been electing  their mayors  as part of their governance systems.

He stressed that evidence base research had proven that development had been very massive in countries that elect their mayors and noted that it would be very suicidal in the 21st century to allow the situation where decisions are made at the national level and pushed to the local level for implementation.

Dr Nduom cited for instance that the One Village One Dam, One District One Factory among other interventions developed by the central government and pushed to the local level for implementation  may not work to perfection because every area had its own development peculiarity.

He indicated that when MMDCEs and Assembly members are elected they would be held accountable and responsible by the constituents in which they serve to help fast-track and accelerate the pace of development.

Whilst commending the government for introducing the Free Senior High School Programme, he stated that what the PPP and Ghanaians believed in was free and compulsory education from the Kindergarten level to Senior High School level not the exemption of form two and three as done by the government.

The National Policy Advisor of the party, Mr. Kofi Asamoah Siaw, stressed that the country did not need any constitutional referendum to elect MMDCEs as being perceived by others and indicated that the only thing that was needed is by parliamentary resolution which could be instructed by the President.

 By Times Reporter, Bolgatanga


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