Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) will be elected if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) wins the 2016 elections.
President John Mahama said the motive is to “deepen decentralization” and that has been captured in the 2016 manifesto of the NDC.
Giving a sneak peek of the manifesto prior to its launch this weekend in Sunyani, Mahama said “we’ll initiate processes to implement the Constitution Review Commission’s recommendation to pay Assembly Members allowances.”
He added: “We’ll also implement the Constitution Review Commission’s recommendation to have MMDCEs elected and we’ll promote performance based competition among MMDAs – Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.”
Mahama stated a lot of the markets in the districts will witness drastic “modernization” in his second term while some will be “built afresh to promote economic activities.”
The debate to elect MMDCEs has been lingering on for some time now and it was revived recently when Nana Akufo-Addo backed it.
His colleague, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, who has been at the forefront of this advocacy in a statement in June remarked: “The PPP welcomes Nana Addo’s late jump unto the band wagon. The PPP has been at the fore front of this national crusade to amend the 1992 Constitution to make it possible for all MMDCEs to be elected by universal adult suffrage to bring accountability and development to the local level.
“The PPP has, together with other stakeholders, has made representations on this matter to the Constitutional Review Implementation Committee, the Council of State, the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana and to the President, His Excellency John Mahama. As, it is the case in all matters, the decision by Nana Addo is better late than never.”
Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kent Mensah