June 24, 2024
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Ghanaians want MMDCEs elected on non-partisan lines- CDD survey reveals

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations on governance reforms initiated by the Center for Democratic Development Ghana, CDD-Ghana and partners the  Ghana Development Communities Association (GDCA), NORSAAC and the local governance practitioners’ forum have held a 2-day stakeholder engagement in Tamale to discuss and take action on issues bordering Ghana’s local governance system and propose reforms.

Mr. Paul Osei Kuffour, Program manager at CDD-Ghana, presenting survey findings on citizens view about the election of MMDCEs and their overall assessment of the performance of MMDCEs in the country said between 2008 and 2021 support for the election of MMDCEs increased significantly by 16 percent whiles the support for appointment by the president declined by 7 percent.

He said the survey seeks to rekindle discussions on reforms through sustained data driven advocacy.  He explained that the survey was also to ascertain whether there is still that high level of support for the election of MMDCEs and all local government representatives.

 “Almost 8 in 10 (76%) of Ghanaians support the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.  Furthermore, 71 percent support the election of MMDCEs on a non-partisan basis, which is at per with the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) 2020 manifesto which is seeking amendments for MMDCEs to be elected on a partisan basis,” the survey emphasized .

Speaking on the theme: the Election of MMDCEs and Complementary Reforms; Opportunities for Transforming Local Governance in Ghana, Mr. Paul Osei Kuffour explained that the survey revealed that only 20 percent of Ghanaians want MMDCEs elected but prefer it on partisan basis.

“Within party colours 78 percent from NDC, 75 percent for NPP and the other parties represent 85 percent want MMDCEs elected” the survey pointed out.

The survey findings show that Ghanaians are calling for holistic reforms to revamp the local government system to enable it deliver better development.

Story Alhassan Baba Abukari/radiotamaleonline.com

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