The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama has said that the current mode of appointing MMDCEs in the country has not promoted the required good governance, local democracy and the accountability yearned for in the country.
The minister who doubles as the law maker representing the people of the Nalerigu constituency here in the Northern region, explained that, if MMDCEs are elected instead of appointed by the president, it would make them more responsive and directly accountable to his or her people.
Hajia Alima, added that, the elections of MMDCEs, will break the winner take-all syndrome in Ghanaian politics which allows party winning elections to appoint people to occupy all the positions.
The minister added that, the issue of calling on the President to sack an MMDCEs due to one’s emotions or perception over his activities will be a thing of the past.
In a related development, the Northern regional minister, Hon, Salifu Saeed has counseled MMDCEs not to be afraid of the new system where they are going to be elected instead of a direct appointment by the president.
He mentioned that, countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and Gambia among some African countries that practice the system and therefore one should not be scared of local government elections
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), since 2017 has stepped its sensitization of the citizenry on the proposed reforms of Ghana’s local government system to allow for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to be elected.
‘The nation needs at least about 40 per cent of ‘Yes’ votes to endorse the reforms,’ she hinted, saying this would enhance the processes of making the local government system more partisan in tune with contemporary practices.
Hajia Mahama, who was addressing a day’s sensitization and awareness-raising workshop on the election of MMDECs in Tamale today, indicated that fine-tuning the country’s local governance was necessary for an effective participatory democracy.
The workshop was held on the theme ‘Electing MMDCEs for Improved Local Democracy and Good Governance’.
Participants included MMDCEs, traditional authorities, political activists and the media.
by: Prince Kwame Tamakloe – Kesmi Fm