Take district assembly elections seriously—Minister

Mr Julius Debrah,Minister of Local Government and Rural Delopment.Photo.Ebo Gorman (1)The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Julius Debrah, has urged Ghanaians to take the forthcoming district assembly elections seriously.

In an interview yesterday he stressed that the quality of men and women elected to the various district assemblies would largely determine the rate and quality of development there.

Mr. Debrah said development has become localised therefore it was crucial for people to take the development of their localities into their own hands by getting involved in the process of choosing those who would represent them to spearhead their communities.

The Electoral Commission has fixed the election on Tuesday, March 3.

Under the country’s decentralisation system, the nation is divided into districts, municipal and metropolitan assemblies for easy administration.

Every district, municipal and metropolitan area has been further divided into electoral areas represented by elected members who constitute the assembly which is headed by a district, municipal or metropolitan chief executive.

According to Section 5(3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462), “Elections to a district assembly shall be held once every four years”.

In recent years, local level elections have neither attracted massive media publicity nor public participation compared to the presidential and parliamentary elections, a situation the minister says must change.

Mr. Debrah said all citizens have a duty to increase their level of participation in the local level elections and they should start with next month’s.

-myjoyonline

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