Elect MMDCEs Now, Not 2021 – Nduom
The election of Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Ghana should be done immediately and not in 2021, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the 2016 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has said.
According to the businessman and politician, the election of MMDCEs will ensure smooth development at both the local and national levels, hence must be done without delay.
His comments come after the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama revealed that the elections will be held in 2021.
Hajia Alima Mahama noted that there were key policies as well as legal and administrative changes that would go with electing MMDCEs.
The election of the MMDCEs was a key campaign promise the then presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and now president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made during the 2016 election period. But his government has shifted the timeline for the exercise.
Dr Nduom, who was addressing a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, 25 April, called on Mr Akufo-Addo to fulfil that promise immediately if the nation is to develop.
“We want him to also know that if he wants this to happen, if he wants development to happen quickly then the election of MMDCEs must become one of his top priority items, article 55 section (3 ) must not be used as a delay tactic as many people are afraid of now. This matter, election of MMDCEs must happen,” he said.
He also reiterated the PPP’s stance on the election of MMDCEs as the most important government reform needed for Ghana’s democratic and economic progress.
He said : “the election of MMDCEs will be a powerful positive game changer of Ghana’s development and as we declared at the 4th national convention of our party in Bolgatanga said that our party shall continue to promote the election of MMDCEs as the most important governance reform needed for Ghana’s democratic and economic reform and demand that it is made a top priority in the nation’s governance agenda.”