Alhaji Collins Dauda, Member of Parliament for Asutifi South in Ahafo Region who is a former Local Government Minister has began advocating for the “Yes” vote in the upcoming referendum scheduled for December 17, this year.
He said this would help curb the practice when opposition Members of Parliament (MP) clash with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMCE’s) in their quest to obtain relevant information from the Assemblies.
The former Minister explained the election of the Chief Executives would make them independent of government control.
‘‘The election of MMDCEs is long overdue because the 1992 Constitution expected the government to start the decentralization project in 1993. However, the citizenry has not been part of the selection process of the chief executives since the 1992 Constitution came into effect. Government still imposes the chief executives on the people,’’ he said.
Speaking in an interview with Ark FM’s Joe Pawa, Alhaji Dauda noted that unlike the general election where the electorate voted twice for presidential and parliamentary candidates, the December 17 election would be a tripartite one in which they would vote to elect assembly members, unit committee members and in the referendum.
He said nation might experience an impressive voter turnout because it seemed the two political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC), were in support of the referendum.
The Asutifi South legislator emphasized that the election of the MMDCEs would ensure that those voted into power would be accountable to the people in the district or municipality instead of the government in power.
That, Alhaji Dauda added, will make the chief executives serve and relate well with the people and also empower the district assemblies to decide what the people want in their area and not what the government in Accra wants for them.
‘’The decentralization process will be taken to the next level,’’ he said.
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