Iddi Yire/Desmond Nyarko, GNA
Accra, June 7, GNA – The Ghana Catholic
Bishops’ Convention on Friday held a multi-stakeholder Conference to sensitise
Ghanaians on the impending referendum on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal
and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), slated for December.
The workshop sought to market effective
illustration and accountable local governance and in certain, the immediate
participation of political functions in nearby authorities elections and the
election by the men and women of their MMDCEs as a substitute of appointment by the President.
The workshop, which was organised by the
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Meeting with funding from the Konrad Adenauer
Stiftung, was attended by reps from Political Parties,
parliamentarians, ministers of condition, and representatives of the Electoral
Fee (EC), spiritual teams, civil culture and academia.
It would be recalled that the NPP Authorities
in its campaign, prior to the elections of 2016, proposed direct election of
the MMDCEs on the basis of political celebration illustration fairly than
appointment by the President.
This is anticipated not only to deepen
democracy at the regional amount, but also make the MMDCEs additional accountable to the
individuals of the District.
However, as Short article 55 (3) of the 1992
Constitution prohibits political occasion sponsorship of candidates for elections
to District Assemblies or neighborhood authorities units, the Governing administration proposes a
referendum to amend the structure to allow for the election of users of
district assembly and MMDCEs dependent on political celebration illustration.
Bishop Philip Naameh, Chairman of the Ghana
Catholic Bishops’ Convention in a speech read through on his behalf claimed when
thriving at the constitutional amendment, the election of the MMDCEs would
mark a turning issue in community governance and enhancement in the state.
He mentioned even nevertheless the referendum was
anticipated to choose area in December, minimal was listened to of it in the public
“The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Meeting
finds it somewhat worrying that such an vital national work out does not
obtain the stage of participation in the conversations primary to this significant
nationwide exercise which, if effective, will guide to the modification of an
critical entrenched posting of the national constitution.”
He mentioned the Ghana Catholic Bishops’
Meeting supports efforts of Federal government and stakeholders that boost the
ability of the folks to make conclusions that have an impact on their life and
“As we have done in the past the Ghana
Catholic Bishops’ Meeting will give its guidance, when once again, to the
Authorities, the EC, the Nationwide Fee on Civic Instruction and other
stakeholders to produce recognition and knowing of the troubles at stake
in the course of the referendum so that the people today can make knowledgeable alternatives and
choices,” Bishop Naameh said.
“Our community of parishes and outstations
throughout the place will keep on to provide platforms and alternatives for
awareness generation and dialogue on the deserves and demerits of the proposals.
Our clergy and lay faithful are inspired, via our structures to
take part actively in the debates and conversations main to the referendum.”
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, a previous Very first
Woman stated the election of MMDCEs was strategic for girls to be far more associated in
the choice creating process.
Professor Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector, Ghana
Institute of Administration and Public Administration (GIMPA), who sent the
keynote address, claimed the Bill for the referendum on the election of MMDCEs was
constrained in its scope stating that there were being however ancillary clauses in the
constitution these kinds of as the appointment of MMDCEs and 30 per cent of all district
assembly users by the President, which will need to be dealt with.
Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Area
Govt and Rural Progress, having said that, reiterated that clauses on the
appointment of MMDCEs and 30 for each cent of all district assembly members by the President
were not entrenched, and that they would be dealt with by Parliament in 2020
immediately after a effective referendum this December.