Mr Kwesi Jonah, a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Democratic Governance has called for a broader national dialogue on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCES) on party bases.
He said the referendum to amend Article 55(3) suffered a setback because of lack of consensus from the political parties.
President Akufo-Addo on October 25, 2021, pledged to revisit the referendum to amend Article 55 (3) of the constitution to pave the way for the direct election of MMDCEs.
The referendum was expected to take place in 2019 but was suspended due to lack of consensus between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NPP wanted political party-sponsored candidates to contest the election while the NDC wanted the election to be held without partisan politics.
Reacting to the President’s promise, the Governance Expert said ” it is a good idea for the President to reintroduce the issue especially with a focus on the election of MMDCES on party lines.”
“I personally supported the election on party basis because even though district elections are supposed to be conducted without politics, it was characterized by political activities”, he said.
He said the amendment of Article 55(3) of the Constitution would consolidate the country’s democratic credentials to experience something new and make amends if there were pitfalls.
Given a historical perspective, Mr Jonah said the provision in the 1992 Constitution excluded the election of MMDCE because the country was transitioning from a military regime to a multi-party government.
“We have tried this system for almost 30 years and it is necessary to make a paradigm shift and try something new for our local system of governance”.
Some argue that, paving the way for the election of MMDCES on political lines would monetise the system like the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Speaking to that assertion, Mr Jonah called for a regulatory body to moderate the behaviour of politicians as far as the financing of election campaigns was concerned to bring sanity into the system.
He stated that it was imperative for authorities to enforce the country’s laws on monetization during political elections to serve as lessons to potential offenders.
Mr Jonah proposed a public funding mechanism to strengthen the activities of political parties before and during elections.
He expressed worry about the country’s political governance system, where more emphasis was focused on strategizing to win elections than development.
A survey conducted by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development from May 23 to June 3, 2021, revealed that more than seven in 10 Ghanaians, representing 76 percent were in favour of the election of MMDCEs, while 20 percent wanted them to be appointed by the President.
While over two-thirds of the respondents, representing 71 percent, said they preferred MMDCEs elected on non-partisan election format similar to that used in local government councillors’ election, only 20 percent opted for a partisan election format.
Reasons given for the preference for non-partisan election format for MMDCEs included, ensuring competent persons get elected, promotion of inclusivity or forestalling “winner takes all” challenges, prevention of partisan influences or conflicts and promotion of transparency and accountability.
Among those calling for a partisan election of MMDCEs, the majority believe the current format for local government election has been tainted by partisan influences and must be opened up to promote public interest in local elections.
President Akuffo Addo begins 4-day tour of Ashanti
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Monday October 17, 2022 visit the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM for a an exclusive interview on their breakfast show “Nyansapo “
The regular host of the show who happens to be one of the popular broadcasters in the region, Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionary known as Captain Koda will moderate the show.
The visit forms part of a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region which begun on Sunday October 16, 2022.
President Akufo-Addo commenced his tour with a church service at the Saint Cyprians Anglican Church at Fante New in the Kumasi Metropolis.
President Akuffo Addo will later call on the Asante Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace after which he will proceed to inspect the ongoing works at Boankra Inland Port Project.
The president will also Commission the long waited Konongo Municipal Hospital in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality.
The president will among other things get comprehensive briefings of security situation in the region from the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Meeting with Security Officers at Headquarters of Central Command IDRIS Barracks.
One of the major highlights of the tour is the sod cutting event of the four tier Suame Interchange, and per the schedule, President will cut the sod on Tuesday October 18, 2022 which happens to be the third day of his tour.
National | Politics: Early NPP Flagbearer elections will ensure enough time to prepare for 2024 polls – Subin MP
There are fresh calls within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for an early congress to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2024 election.
The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.
Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten and others have come up as persons who may contest the flagbearership position.
But speaking to JoyNews, MP for the Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi noted that electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.
“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.
“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he said.
The Legislator recounted how late the party elected its Flagbearer prior to the 2008 elections which he said affected the outcome of the election results.
For this reason, Eugene Boakye Antwi believes the party must not delay in electing its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
“I am saying that because of what happened to Akufo-Addo in 2008… Nana Akufo-Addo had only about six months to campaign at that time Mills and Mahama had split up the country into two and going various ways, it did affect us,” he recalled.
According to him, the early election of the Flagbearer has the tenacity to affect the outcome of the elections since it affords the party enough time to campaign.
“You give the flagbearer six months before the end of the year so any housekeeping duties will be dealt with at the time…just before Christmas, they hit the ground running they have one year to campaign and you will see the results,” he noted.
Politics: NDC starts constituency elections next week, National Congress slated for December 17
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved guidelines for the Party’s constituency, regional, and national elections for the next three months.
About 7,900 executives are expected to be elected in a total of 876 elections at the constituency, regional, and national elections.
The Party’s Branch elections, held in about 29,000 branches of the Party across the country, is expected to be completed next week to pave way for the next round of elections.
Per the guidelines, the Party will hold its Constituency elections between 22nd and 23rd October, 2022, while the regional elections would be held between 12th and 13th November, 2022.
The National Congress will be held on December 17, 2022.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, NDC, said all aspirants must be members in good standing and must have joined the Party for at least 4 years.
He said a 5-member elections committee would be constituted to supervise the elections at all levels.
Mr Nketia said nomination forms for all the elections would be made available online and that payment for picking and filing of nomination forms would be done electronically.
The NDC will open nominations for its Constituency elections between 20th and 22nd September, 2022, and filing of nominations is slated for 28th to 29th September, 2022.
The nominees would be vetted between 30th September and 2nd October, 2022, and the hearing of appeals would be done on October 5, 2022.
Mr Asiedu Nketia said the opening of nominations at the regional elections would be done between October 6 and October 7, 2022, and the filing of nominations between October 14 and October 15, 2022.
He said the main regional elections would be heralded by the Regional Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser conferences slated for November 11, 2022.
Regarding the National Congress, the NDC will open nominations between 20th and 21st October, 2022, and filing of nominations would be received from 5th November, to 6th November, 2022.
“We will hold the National Youth Organiser and Women conferences on Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the main national Congress will be held on December 17, 2022,” Mr Nketia said.
The NDC said persons living with any form of disability would be offered 50 per cent discount on the filing fees at all levels.
Mr Nketia said aspirants for the Constituency Chairmanship position would pay a filing fee of GHS600 while those vying for the Constituency Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser, Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS400.
Aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship positions would pay a filing fee of GHS 4,000, and those vying for the Regional, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser, Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS3,000.
“The Youth, Women, and Zongo Caucus Coordinators will pay GHS2,000 and all other deputies will pay GHS1,500,” Mr Nketia said.
The Party said it was yet to finalise the guidelines for the national elections.
As part of measures to address challenges associated with the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), Mr Nketia said the Party had resolved that any TEIN Branch must have been credited for at least since 2020 to be eligible to participate in the elections.
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