The National Association of Local Authorities in Ghana (NALAG) has held a stakeholders engagement meeting in Tamale to sensitize its members and the public on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives in Ghana.
The sensitization meeting was aimed at educating the public on the positive sides should Ghana begin to elect MMDCEs on partisan basis.
The event brought together members of NALAG from the Northern, Savannah and the North-East regions as well as some Chiefs who were also present to seek clarification on the YES or NO vote in the upcoming referendum.
President of NALAG Bismark Baisie Nkum said the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis would promote decentralization and therefore urged members of the association to campaign and vote for YES in the upcoming referendum.
He questioned the modalities that will ensure a reasonable number of people would be presented to the electorates if not by partisan basis where the Political parties will be allowed to fill their candidates.
Administrative Officer of NALAG Andrew Bediako in a presentation said the election of MMDCEs will uphold meritocracy and create room for competent people to be elected as MMDCEs to man the various Assemblies across the country.
He indicated that, concerns of exclusion of vulnerable groups and traditional authorities and the issue of opposition party MMDCEs undermining the ruling government will be addressed in the consequential bills that will be passed by Parliament.
Mr. Bediako also assured that concerns being raised by individuals and groups regarding the process, would be addressed by the amendments of laws by Parliament.
Source: Ken-Zorre Edward | www.diamondfmonline.com | Ghana