Plan for election of MMDCEs on course–President

Plans are underway for a nationwide referendum next year to ask Ghanaians whether they want to elect their Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

 

The President, in an encounter with the media at the Jubilee House on Wednesday evening, expressed the government’s commitment to facilitate the process to enable the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the referendum.

 

The referendum will decide whether Ghanaians want to get rid of Article 55 Subsection 3 of the 1992 Constitution or not.

 

Subsection 3 of Article 55, in its current form, makes provision for election into public offices but exempts elections of chief executives of the various assemblies.

 

When amended, the Constitution will pave way for the election of MMDCEs and assembly members through competitive elections based on party politics.

 

It will also give the public the opportunity to hold their elected officials to account, and vote out chief executives who fail to deliver on their mandate.

 

President Akufo-Addo also touched on next week’s referendum for the creation of six new regions and indicated that the voting would take place in the affected areas.

 

“I am grateful to the people who have put in all the hard work to bring us this far, and I trust that the new leadership of the EC will pass well their first test of organising a free, fair and transparent polls.”

 

“I pray and expect that the voting will go off peacefully. There can be no excuse for any disturbance or violence. The people are seeking new administrative structures to guide their lives by a constitutionally-sanctioned process within the Ghanaian space,” he said.

 

President Akufo-Addo said the Supreme Court had unanimously confirmed and validated the propriety of the process and urged the public to support the process.

 BY YAW KYEI

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