Ghana likely to go for referendum on District Chief Executive election proposals

Ghanaians could be heading to the polls before 2019 to decide if the election of District Chief Executives is to be partisan or non-partisan.

Deputy Local Government minister Osei Bonsu Amoah told Multi TV’s AM Show Friday, a committee has been tasked to start a nationwide tour on which of the two options to choose.

The decision to make the position of District Chief Executive elective is part of the NPP government’s campaign promises.

The government has set September 2019 deadline for the realization of the campaign promise.

Osei Bonsu Amoah stressed the question for government remains whether the elections should be partisan or otherwise.

“If the people of Ghana want the Chief Executives to be elected in a partisan way then it means we should draw a programme for a referendum because the provision on the assemblies being nonpartisan is entrenched”.

According to section 7, subsection 1 of Act 462, ‘a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or to a lower local government unit shall personally appear before the electorate as an individual, and shall not use a symbol associated with a political party.’

Section 7, subsection 2 of Act 462 unequivocally cautions, inter alia: ‘a political party shall not endorse, sponsor, offer a platform to or in any other way campaign for or against a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or to a lower local government unit’.

In the case of a referendum, a voter turn-out of t least 40%  of the electorates is needed with at least 70% of the votes endorsing a partisan local government system.

Alternatively, he says, if the option is non-partisan then a straight forward parliamentary process is needed to effect changes in the system of local government.

The Akuapim South MP explained that the ballot paper for local government elections will have unit committee members, assembly members and the latest addition, the DCE.

It will mean Ghanaians now vote for five public office holders – unit committee members, an assemblyman, a DCE, an MP and a president.

While Ghana’s laws forbid partisanship in local government elections, the flouting of the law is an open secret.

Political parties mainly the NPP and NDC provide covert support for their candidates in District Assembly elections in order to maintain a hold in an area’s grassroot politics.

Proponents of a partisan local government system argue that it extremely impossible to adhere to the neutrality principles because ‘man is a political animal’.

Defenders of the status quo say the non-partisan method of electing officers to local governments fosters communal unity and cohesion.

Meanwhile, about 200 Chief Executives across the country are set to take part in a 5-day induction programme beginning next Monday.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development expects to take the chief executives through the new local government act passed last year.

Deputy Local Government Minister Osei Bonsu Amoah also expects the chief executives to share challenges they have experienced barely two months on the job.

 

Credit:myjoyonline.com

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on www.aptnewsghana.com?

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us: aptnewsghana@gmail.com

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • GSK and Novartis announce collaboration to support scientific research into genetic diversity in Africa January 19, 2021
    Download logoProject Africa GRADIENT calls on local researchers to submit proposals exploring the link between genetic diversity and response to malaria and tuberculosis drugs in African patients; combined funding commitment of GBP 2.8 million (USD 3.6 million) over five years; researchers based at universities, science councils and other public research organizations across Africa are invited […]
  • Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: COVID-19 update (18 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    New Cases: 8 Total Confirmed: 3,014 Deaths: 77 Recovered: 2,107 Total in quarantine: 665 Discharged from quarantine: 12,908Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Information and Communication, Sierra Leone.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 18 January 2021, 9 am EAT January 18, 2021
    African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,262,243) deaths (78,911), and recoveries (2,676,896) by region: Central (82,128 cases; 1,545 deaths; 71,144 recoveries): Burundi (1,236; 2; 773), Cameroon (28,010; 455; 26,861), CAR (4,973; 63; 4,873), Chad (2,895; 111; 2,130), Congo (7,709; 114; 5,860), DRC (20,908; 631; 14,807), Equatorial Guinea (5,356; 86; 5,189), Gabon (9,899; 66; 9,658), […]
  • Coronavirus - Zambia: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    As of 17th Jan 2021, in the last 24 hrs, we had 1,531 new cases (out of 8,749 tests), 1,053 recoveries & 9 new deaths (7 facility deaths, 2 BID) [MTSRIP].Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo
  • Mauritius and Morocco join African Development Bank (AfDB/AFMISM) Bloomberg® bond index January 18, 2021
    Download logoThe African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) today announced the addition of two new countries - Mauritius and Morocco - to its Bloomberg African Bond Indices (ABABI), marking a steady progress in the Bank’s efforts to deepen the continent’s local currency bond market. The African Development Bank administers the ABABI, a family of African bond indices […]
  • Coronavirus - Malawi: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    New cases: 685 Total active cases: 5910 Lost to follow-up: 134 Total number of tests conducted: 108775 (2304 new) Total confirmed cases: 12470 Total recovered: 6036 (42 new) Outcome under investigation: 76 Total deaths: 314 (14 new)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Kenya: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    Download logo80 people have tested positive to the disease, out of a sample size of 3,733 tested in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed positive cases are now 99,162. The cumulative tests so far conducted are 1,125,679. From the cases 62 are Kenyans while 18 are foreigners. County distribution of new cases; Nairobi 62, […]
  • Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    Daily: Laboratory Test: 4,788 Severe Cases: 225 New Recovered: 102 New Deaths: 1 New Cases: 423 Total: Laboratory Test: 1,886,939 Active Cases: 13,016 Total Recovered: 116,147 Total Deaths: 2,030 Total Cases: 131,195 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Rwanda: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    Total cases: 11,032 (+182) Recovered: 7,363 (+170) | 66.7% Active cases: 3,527 Tests: 796,867 (+5,395) Deaths: 142 (+2) | 1.3% Test positivity rate: 3.4%Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.Media filesDownload logo
  • Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 update (17 January 2021) January 18, 2021
    1444 new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria Lagos-901 Plateau-136 Kaduna-57 FCT-54 Ebonyi-53 Akwa Ibom-52 Nasarawa-32 Osun-29 Ogun-28 Imo-16 Oyo-16 Edo-15 Kano-14 Rivers-10 Ekiti-7 Borno-6 Abia-5 Benue-4 Yobe-4 Kebbi-3 Anambra-2 110,387 confirmed 89,317 discharged 1,435 deaths Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo
WhatsApp chat
%d bloggers like this: