The Techiman Municipal Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Jobila M. Zakari urged Citizens to participate massively in the upcoming referendum of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) sheduled to take effect in December this year.
He made this appeal at a public forum organized by Justice and Peace Commission at Holy Family Parish Church, Kenten in the Techiman Municipality.
In his address, Mr Zakari said the essence of the referendum is to seek the opinion of the general public on whether the President of the Republic should continue to appoint MMDCEs or not.
He stress that the referendum is seeking to amend two entrenched provisions of the 1992 Constitution, which are Article 243 (1) and Article 55 (3) adding that “whiles the former empowers the President of the Republic to appoint MMDCEs, the latter prohibits partisan elections to public office at the District Assembly level or lower units.”
Mr Zakari reiterated that the constitutional amendment, if effected, would promote the Country’s democracy, improve decentralization and participatory process and ensure transparency and public accountability in our Local Governance System.
Contributing to the discussion, the Assemblyman for Kenten Electoral Area, Honorable Issah Adam expressed his views for MMDCEs to be elected on a partisan basis. He said “if they are elected on partisan basis it will make more accountable of their stewardship.”
On his part, the local coordinator of Justice and Peace Commission, Mr Gansonye Clement hinted that the Commission is set to organize nine public fora at various communities in the Techiman Municipality with the aim of drawing the citizenry closer to local governance for rapid and sustainable development.
The forum was well attended and was chaired by the Gyasehene of Kenten traditional Area, Nana Adu Kwabena.
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