The Center for Local Government Advocacy (CLGA) has accused the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for creating a bigger constitutional crisis by directing Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to take over the management of the local assemblies
[contextly_sidebar id=”WNwl87Arn04V6RdQM8MRCHCKR6Z67XPt”]Executive Director of the center, Dr. Vladmir Antwi-Danso in an interview with Citi News said the work of the various assemblies will still grind to a halt with the new directive.
MMDCEs has been asked by the government to take up the management of their assemblies but have been warned to refrain from taking major developmental decisions after the tenure of the various MMDA’s came to an end last Saturday.
This was after the Supreme Court ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to call off the District Assembly Election which was slated to have taken place on March 3.
The EC is thus now preparing to table before Parliament a new legislation to enable it re-organize the District Assembly Elections.
Dr. Antwi-Danso maintained that the best decision would have been to ask Parliament to extend the tenure of the assemblies.
“We needed a constitutional mandate to carry on some works. That mandate cannot be given because the people have elapsed their term of office and the best way is to extend their term of office constitutionally,” he stressed.
He insisted that the MMDAs “are going to do nothing because they need the approval from the assembly before so it’s like they have compounded the situation.”
He blamed the Local Government Ministry of creating “a bigger constitutional crisis by this fiat so the Chief Executive may not be able to do the work that they are mandated to do and secondly, if they are not doing anything, then we are wasting time.”
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana