The nominees for the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly Chief Executive position was announced last Sunday by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Hon Dan Botwe and the Minister of Information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a joint press briefing.
The process of getting these various individuals sworn into office commences with their nomination by the President and ends with the confirmation by a two- third majority of members present and voting at the various assemblies.
The nomination of MMDCEs appears to have delayed. Some people also anticipate that the confirmation process may also drag until the end of the year.
Manasseh Azure Awuni, a seasoned journalist has speculated that the confirmation of the various MMDCEs may delay.
The government appears poised not to waste more time in getting substantive Chief Executives for the various 26O assemblies.
Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development is confident a majority of the Chief Executives nominated will be confirmed within 10 days from the release of the appointment list.
Speaking on JoyNew's PM Express, Mr. Botwe said that the 16 regional ministers have been instructed to initiate processes in getting the 260 nominees confirmed to assist the President to achieve his promises to the Ghanaian people.
“We expect the Regional Ministers to carry Mr. President’s communication to the Secretaries of the various Assemblies, inform the Regional Directorates of the Electoral Commission and for that matter the District Directors too and then the process will start.”
“By Order 15, within 21 days of receipt of that notice, the confirmation process should start. If we are able to do that this week, I’m sure some of these confirmations can start as early as this week. I expect that within the next 10 days almost all of them should be confirmed,” he added.
Some members of the Ruling New Patriotic Party have expressed their discontentment with some of the nominations.
In Chereponi, some supporters of the NPP went on rampage, destroying party properties, moments after the announcement of the DCE nominee for the East Mamprusi Districts of the North East Region.
Also, the youth of Odododiodoo and Bukom in the Greater Accra Region took to the streets to protest the removal of the current Accra Mayor, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah from office.
Assembly members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) have also communicated their resolve not to confirm any nomination by the President until some GHS50million debt owed by the assembly is cleared.
There have also been reports of threats from party supporters in other parts of the country.
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