IDEG: Elect MMDCEs on party lines to foster devt

Dr Akwetey

Dr Akwetey

The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), has observed that allowing the election of Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) along political party lines will foster development at the local government level.

It noted that elected local government officials would feel more responsible and keep the government on its toes in ensuring the much-needed resources are channelled to the metropolis, municipalities and districts to boost growth and development.

 

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, the Executive Director of IDEG, indicated that “we are supposed to give them 5 per cent of the total national revenue annually or up to 7.5 per cent, but it never happened.

 

“No appointed chief executive has been able to challenge the President or the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, but the dynamics are going to change because parties will contest.

 

“But the President will work with them, because they also need the president to work with them,” Dr Akwetey stressed.

 

The rank and file of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have reportedly shown their disapproval of the President’s pledge and commitment to elect MMDCEs.

According to them, the disapproval of the election of MMDCEs by the members is because they believe the party will lose out on rewarding its hardworking members who have mobilised support for the party at the local level if those positions become elective rather than appointive.

The disapproval came up for discussion at a two-day retreat on multi-party local governance in Big Ada, organised by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) for a section of ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and national executives of the ruling party on the election of MMDCEs.

However, a Senior Research Fellow of IDEG, Kwesi Jonah, has described the argument as one that is putting the party’s interest above national interest.

A Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, O.B Amoah has cautioned that the election of MMDCEs would be chaotic if it was not conducted on partisan basis.

“If you want to elect MMDCEs and it is non partisan, it might be chaotic, we may end up with so many candidates, in a district we may end up with about seven contestants and no one can stop them because it is non partisan, you cannot say one person should step down,” Mr Amoah cautioned.  –citinewsroom.com

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