MMDCE's not to be elected next year?

By Michael Abayateye
Local Government Minister,Hajia Alima Mahama

The much-anticipated election of Metropolitan Municipal District Chief Executives(MMDCE)'s might not come off in 2018 because procedures for the election is far from completion.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, during his tour in the Central region, reassured Ghanaians that the MMDCE's would be elected in 2018.

Speaking to Joy News on the sidelines of a stakeholders forum on the election of MMDCE's, Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama said, it was difficult to fix time lines since the processes involved is beyond her Ministry.

According to the Minister, they are currently engaging stakeholders and holding consultations to ensure that the process goes on smoothly and this will take quite some time.

"Next year is very close because partisan elections would require a referendum. We have to go to Council of State then to Parliament for six months before a referendum is held. There are processes and we cannot say the exact time to hold the elections as we do not have total control over the situation," he stated.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey has said, the state must consider financing political parties if the planned elections would be partisan as promised.

Local Governance, he said, would require resources for reorientation and adequate preparations for the process and the state must support. "Policy formation needs a lot of knowledge and analysis which would need resources and the state must support financially," he stressed. GhanaNews