We must all support MMDCEs elections come December 17 – Nduom urges Ghanaians 

Chief Executive (CEO) of Groupe Nduom, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has urged the general public to come out in their numbers to cast their vote for, in the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) come December, 17, 2019.

According to him, the entire Ghanaian populace should attach the same importance to electing of MMDCEs as they do with electing a President and Members of Parliament.

The CEO’s comment comes in the wake of a press release by the Electoral Commission to use the color yellow to depict ‘YES’ vote and the dark brown to depict a ‘NO’ vote on the ballot paper in the upcoming December 17, 2019 referendum for the election of MMDCEs.

Responding to the recent development, Dr. Nduom in a facebook post indicated that if people are deemed qualified and smart enough to elect MPs and the President, the same people must be given the right to vote for their local Chief Executive.

Doing this, he believes will give back power to the grassroots level.

“We must all support the election of MMDCEs in just the same way that the people elect MPs and a President. Indeed, if the people are deemed qualified and smart enough to elect MPs and the President, the same people must be given the right to vote for their local Chief Executive. Also, amendment should be made to elect ALL assembly members. And, no one except the assembly or voters should be able to remove an elected MMDCE from office, ” extracts of the facebook post read.

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We must all support the election of MMDCEs in just the same way that the people elect MPs and a President. Indeed, if the people are deemed qualified and smart enough to elect MPs and the President, the same people must be given the right to vote for their local Chief Executive. Also, amendment should be made to elect ALL assembly members. And, no one except the assembly or voters should be able to remove an elected MMDCE from office.

I have been an elected member of the KEEA assembly before. It is those of us elected that the people fell on with the problems, grievances, etc. The appointed assembly members and MMDCEs listened NOT to the people they were supposed to serve but to a President in Accra. In the USA, South Africa, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, etc the people elect their mayors. So the mayors know if they don’t bring positive change and development, they will be voted out next election. I believe that with election, and allocation of more resources to the local assemblies, Ghana’s development will accelerate.

So on December 17, 2019, everyone must go and cast their vote and say “YES” to the amendment of the Constitution to make this happen.

​ Article 243 which reads, “243 (1) There shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting.”

This is the article, together with other related provisions that we must change.

A “YES” vote will give the people’s power at the grassroots level back to them.

Source The Ghana Report/Gloria Kafui Ahiable

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