The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDR) and the Office of the President, will today, Monday, February 12 inaugurate newly constituted District Assemblies.
The inauguration is to facilitate the swearing-in of newly elected and appointed members of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
The event would take place in 259 assemblies out of the 261 where the elections took place last year, except Nkoranza North and South in the Bono East Region which had their elections in 2021 instead of 2019.
A statement signed by Madam Matilda Tettey, Head, Public Relations Unit of the Ministry, said, the event was “part of efforts to deepen our local governance and decentralisation system to promote participatory decision-making at the local level.
“This is also in fulfilment of Article Article 35, Clause 6 (d) of the 1992 Constitution, which enjoins the state to promote decentralisation and popular participation in governance by affording all possible opportunities to the citizenry to participate in decision-making at all levels of government.”
“Additionally, Section 16 (1) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 requires Assembly members to maintain close contact with the electoral area; consult the people on the issues to be discussed in the District Assembly; collate their views, opinions, and proposals; and take part in communal and development activities, among others.”
The Local Government Ministry further encouraged all citizens to get involved in the workings of the MMDAs and participate in decision-making in their various communities through their Assembly members after the inauguration of the assemblies.