Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, Executive Director of the Community Development Alliance (CDA), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the Upper West Region, has reignited the debate over the election of metropolitan, municipal, and district chief executives (MMDCEs) to help accelerate local development.
Ghanaians, he claimed, were in favor of MMDCE elections, but the manner in which they should be held had caused the delay. Mr Kanton told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Wa that although some advocated for the election of MMDCEs on a non-political basis, others preferred the election on a partisan one.
The NPP government’s attempt to hold a referendum to change provisions of the 1992 Constitution to allow for the election of MMDCEs failed due to disagreement over whether it should be done on party lines or not.
Mr. Kanton asked the people to demand that MMDCEs be elected on a non-partisan basis in order for them to be independent and dedicated in serving the electorate.
“I support the view that they are elected on a nonpartisan basis so that we have independent-minded people,” he explained. “However, if you were sponsored by a political party and you want to be independent, they simply remove you from their party ticket, which means you lose your position.”
He pointed out that choosing MMDCEs on party lines would portend disaster for the country.