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ROUNDTABLE ON “MULTI-PARTY DECENTRALISED LOCAL GOVERNANCE SYSTEM: WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?”

6 November 2019

ROUNDTABLE ON “MULTI-PARTY DECENTRALISED LOCAL GOVERNANCE SYSTEM: WHAT WOULD  IT LOOK LIKE?”

Ghana has over the years prided itself as one of Africa’s most peaceful and multi-party democratic countries since it returned to constitutional rule in 1993.  For over three decades, the country has practiced decentralized local governance which is aimed at the doorsteps of Ghanaians. Even though there has been progress in the practice of decentralized local governance over the past three decades, there are several shortfalls which have undermined the progress made so far. For instance, article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana has debarred the participation of political parties, weakened accountability of the appointed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to the people and excluded minority political parties, women, the youth, PWDs and chiefs.

 

To deal with the exclusion and weak accountability, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his Message on the State of the Nation in February 2018 announced that article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana should be amended at a national referendum to allow for a multi-party election of MMDCEs and other members of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).  The constitutional process for amending Article 55(3) is almost at its tail end while the Constitutional Instrument for holding the 2019 District Level Election and the referendum had matured in Parliament. December 17, 2019 has therefore been scheduled for Ghanaians to decide whether 0r not article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution should be amended. In addition, Article 243(1) which enables the President to appoint MMDCEs is also before Parliament. A vote on its amendment was deferred at the end of July 2019 because of lack of consensus between the majority and minority sides of Parliament over sequencing of the amendment of Articles 55(3) and 243(1). 



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