A group calling itself the Civil Society Organizations Coalition on the National Referendum and election of MMDCEs, (CSO-CoNaFEM) is urging Parliament to expedite actions to amend Article 243 (1) of the Constitution.
The Bill, which seeks to amend an article of the constitution, if passed, will make it constitutional to have MMDCES elected on partisan basis.
This week, parliament once again debated the Bill which falls in line with a major campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party in the run-up to the 2016 election.
A statement released by the group encouraged both the Minority and Majority not to waste time and agree on a bi-partisan approach to amend the bill to consolidate the country’s democratic credentials. Government has stated that its commitment to see to a constitutional election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) is on course. To this end, it has indicated that the Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, December 10, 2019, for a referendum for the polls.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama says that the road map for the development of the different phases of the election of MMDCE’s is being worked on.