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3 Local Gov’t Service staff suspended after contesting NDC primaries

Three staff members of the Local Government Service are facing disciplinary actions following their participation in the recent parliamentary primaries held by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

They are Alhaji Maazu Abubakar, Pru West constituency;  Alexander Hedidor, Suaman constituency, Roland Nsoh-Billa Abire and Bolgatanga East constituency.

Alhaji Maazu works with the Builsa South District Assembly while Hedidor and Abire, an Assistant Engineer, both work at the Kassena Nakena Municipal Assembly all in the Upper East Region.

In separate letters dated September 3, 2019, communicating the disciplinary action to the affected persons, Head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, said their participation in the primaries breaches the neutrality clauses which are required of him.

”Your decision is in contravention of the Local Government Service Code of Conduct particularly, Canon (1): ‘the Principle of Anonymity and Permanence’ which states that ’Officers and staff of the Local Government Service shall serve the State with neutrality and anonymity in the national and local government process’,” the letter quoted.

The Service said in view of the above, the Local Government Service Council authorised the interdiction of the three persons “…with immediate effect whilst the Service initiates investigation to establish the veracity or otherwise of the allegations.”



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