Dr Oduro Osae, a local governance analyst, has stated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not bound to nominate all the persons recommended for the various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) positions nationwide.
He insisted that the president had the power to nominate persons who were not on the Vetting Committee’s list which made a number of recommendations to him.
“The government delayed the announcement of the approved list of MMDCEs in a bid to undertake subsequent consultations to ensure that any person who will be named is not rejected by assembly members,” he said.
Dr Osae observed that President Akufo-Addo’s nomination was the first leg of the processes, and the second was the approval by the assemblies and he had to be sure that persons he nominated would receive unanimous approval.
According to him, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would also go into the 2024 elections, and the performance of the government was normally upon how the MMDCEs perform and in 2017, when some of the MMDCEs were nominated, it was difficult for some of them to be approved.
“I am sure they do not want to repeat those mistakes, but let me add that the fact that one finds his or her name on the Vetting Committee’s report does not imply that the president will nominate that person since the president has every right to nominate anyone outside the list because it is his prerogative to determine who represents him at the local level,” Dr Osae pointed out.
He noted that President Akufo-Addo forwarded the list of approved MMDCEs to Dan Botwe, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, who made the list of the recommended MMDCEs public. –citinewsroom.com