Election of MMDCEs will be chaotic if…..—O. B Amoah

Mr Amoah

Mr Amoah

The election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) will be chaotic if it is not conducted on non-partisan basis, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, O.B Amoah has cautioned.
He explained that the decision to make the election of MMDCEs partisan was not new as most assembly elections are usually held on partisan basis.

Making a case for the election to be held on partisan basis, Mr Amoah indicated that “if you want to elect MMDCEs and it is non-partisan, it might be chaotic, end up with many candidates, districts may end up with about seven contestants, no one can stop them because it is non-partisan and you cannot say one person should step down.

“If you followed what happened in 1998, there were no political parties, from 1992 till date some of us have been observers, every district assembly election, we pretend it is non-partisan but parties line up against candidates.

“We know where each member of the assembly stands, who brought them to the party, which parties sponsors the candidates to be in the assembly and the constitution does not allow it but we pretend,” Mr Amoah noted.

During the campaign for the 2016 elections, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akufo-Addo promised to ensure the election of local assembly officers to promote accountability and good governance.

The party, until recently, however failed to clarify whether the election will be done on a partisan basis or not, a situation, Mr Amoah believes has largely contributed to delays in the election of MMDCEs.

According to Mr Amoah, “if you read carefully what the manifesto says within 24 months, we will oversee the election, when we said it will coincide with the next assembly election, we hope by September 2019, we will have finished everything to go alongside the assembly election, however after coming into power, the President clarified the election of MMDCEs will be on partisan basis.

“It meant we had to go for a referendum, the president in the state of the nation address, made it clear to amend the article, conduct a referendum, it will be wise and prudent to let it coincide with the assembly election, what we are doing is on course as far as consultations and paperwork, ” Mr Amoah pointed out. –citinewsroom.com

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