The main opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) wants the government to withdraw the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018, saying it has several defects for the smooth, effective and harmonious administration of the Metropolitan and District Assemblies.
According to the NDC it supports the election of MMDCEs but the party does not back the proposed referendum to make the process partisan.
“Government may, therefore, place a Bill before Parliament setting out the modalities for the election for consideration. This is the primary interest of Ghanaians,” National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo said at a Press conference on Tuesday.
He added:“It has to be thought through very well. Unfortunately, the bill as it is now is fatally flawed and cannot form the basis for the referendum to amend Article 55 (3). It must be withdrawn. But if the government insists on making the Assemblies partisan, then a new bill must be drafted, re-gazetted and subjected to serious scrutiny by Ghanaians, unlike the surreptitious manner it has gone about the current Bill. It will also mean that the 6-month period required by the Constitution for the Bill to be gazetted will begin to run anew,” Mr Ofosu Ampofo stated.
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the 30th-anniversary celebration of the Akatsi District Assembly last Monday indicated that the District Assembly concept, introduced some 31 years ago, under the Rawlings era, is one of the most important contributions to the improvement of Ghana’s national governance.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the District Assembly concept “has led to the enhancement of participatory involvement of our people in their local government. Now, it is time to deepen the process that began 31 years ago, and entrust to the people full sovereignty over the election of the MMDCEs and members of the District Assemblies.”