Minister-designate for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has hinted that the election of Metropolitan, Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) of the assemblies as promised by President Nana Akufo-Addo would only happen after the necessary amendments have been effected in the constitution.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) captured the election of MMDCEs in their manifesto for the 2016 general elections with President Akufo-Addo mentioning just a few days after being declared president that election of the MMDCEs will start in 2018.
But according to Hajia Mahama, until Article 243 which prescribes the appointment of MMDCEs is amended, there could be no other way of filling these positions.
Speaking during her vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday, Hajia Mahama stated that though government would have liked the election to take effect earlier, it could not be done without an amendment to the constitution.
“Though the long-term goal of the NPP is to elect MMDCEs, we can’t do that immediately as we need an amendment but when I’m approved, I’ll initiate the processes to amend the articles that would enable us elect MMDCEs”
She was hopeful that since there were people on both sides of the House who were committed to electing MMDCEs, their bill for the amendment would pass.