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There’s nothing to fear about election of MMDCEs – President



President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Tuesday said he was resolute in his conviction that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) ought to be elected on partisan lines to improve the quality of local governance.

He said there was the need to deepen participatory democracy at the local level to enhance the country’s decentralisation process.

“I belong to the group that has always advocated for the direct popular election of chief executives on a party-political basis. I do not believe that there’s anything to fear about the direct election of the district chief executive,” he said.

“On the contrary, it should lead to the deepening of democracy and better accountability.”

Speaking in Accra at the opening of a four-day orientation programme for the recently appointed MMDCEs, the President said though government’s efforts to forge the active participation of political parties in district elections in 2019 through a referendum was truncated due to the lack of consensus by stakeholders, “my government and I will continue to work for a broad national consensus of this issue.”

He said the repeal of the entrenched provision of the Constitution in Article 55 Clause 3, which debars participation of political parties from decentralised local governance, should not be driven by partisan and party considerations.

“And should such a consensus be entertained for the repeal of Article, 55 Clause 3 of the Constitution and an agreement reached for political parties to participate in and sponsor candidates for election to metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies at any point, during my tenure of office, as President of the Republic, the matter will be brought back again, to the front burner of our public discourse for the necessary acts,” he said.

The President, before his election in 2017, stated his commitment to a radical shift in the status quo of the local government structure and said political parties should openly sponsor candidates for District Assembly Elections to enhance participatory democracy at the local level.

He expressed the belief that the situation where MMDCEs felt accountable to the appointing authority, rather than the people at the local level, was a democratic glitch that should be addressed.

A move to have a referendum in 2019 to amend an entrenched provision in Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution preventing the participation of political entities in the local governance process was truncated when the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, and many other stakeholders declined to go along with the process.

President Akufo-Addo congratulated the MMDCEs on their appointment and subsequent approval by their respective assemblies and urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them.

He told them that the best efforts of the Government would “be considerably undermined” if they do not perform creditably.

“The people of Ghana will see, feel and know that what they voted for has truly arrived if and when their chief executive manages to deliver on the promises of the Government,” he said, adding that they should build their capacity to be able to bring decentralisation to fruition.

The President told the MMDCEs to preside over the local economy and transform it through job creation because all the programmes initiated by government, since 2017, were geared towards the growth and transformation of the local economy.

He admonished the chief executives to familiarise themselves with all the initiatives of government in their localities and that “the argument that you are not aware of or are not responsible for government initiatives in your localities will not wash with me.”

“I will sound a note of caution here, all government initiatives at the local level come within your purview whether you initiated them or not. You are to familiarise yourself with everything, whether of your making or not.”

“The chief executive, who’s indifferent or unaware of government activities in his or her area is not a suitable chief executive.”

President Akufo-Addo urged the MMDCEs to take advantage of the flagship programmes like the One District, One factory, One-Village-One Dam, and the Planting for Food and Jobs to develop their localities.

Whilst encouraging them to work to increase internally generated funds, he gave the assurance that government would ensure that the common fund allocations were regular and on time.

However, the MMDCEs, he said, would not make progress if all development programmes were solely dependent on the relatively modest sums from the common fund allocation.

“But at the same time, please apply your common fund judiciously towards the execution of planned and approved projects. It is not for recurrent expenditure and should not be misused or abused,” he said.

The President urged them to quickly restructure the financial operational system and targets of their assemblies to take advantage of the new initiatives by government to promote accelerated economic growth.

“You must also ensure that the assemblies’ function effectively and efficiently, especially in the substructures, avoid getting involved in unnecessary conflicts that will dent the image of the assembly and by extension conference. Rather work with your staff, deepen transparency and promote popular participation, and accountability at the local level.”

“These are the hallmarks for successful leadership, and the attainment of results….”

The President warned that he would not hesitate to disappoint any DCE who did not live up to expectation and urged them to declare their assets as required by law.

The programme is on the theme: “Effective Leadership for Local Economic Transformation and Improved Service Delivery in Ghana: The Role of MMDCEs.”

Source: GNA


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.



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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.

Source: Myjoyonline

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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.

Filling fees

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.

Source: GNA


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