The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development is of the view that assembly elections should not be devoid of partisan politics.

Mr Dan Botwe, speaking on PM Express on Monday, argued that although Article 55 of the Constitution frowns upon political interference at the assembly level, political parties say that “we have many of our members who have won the elections.”

He, therefore, stated that political parties should be made to sponsor nominees in assembly elections.

According to him, citizens already elect their own Presidents and Members of Parliament, thus why not Assemblymembers.

“The same Ghanaians who go and vote for presidential candidates and elect Presidents, the same Ghanaians go and vote for Parliamentary candidates and elect MPs. The same Ghanaian who can be that sophisticated, you are saying that no, when it comes to assembly elections, let’s not make it partisan.

“It doesn’t make sense. That we shall have the superstructure being partisan and the base, you say should not be partisan. We all know that after elections at the district assembly, political parties come out and say that in the assembly election that we had, we won about 60 per cent even though Article 55 says that don’t sponsor candidates, parties will tell you that we have many of our members who have won the elections.

“So we cannot live in that deceit. So let’s make it open and let political parties sponsor people,” he stated.

His suggestion comes at a time when government through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, has released the list of nominees for the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) positions.

The list reveals that out of the 260 nominees, 38 are females whiles 222 are males.

If approved by their respective Assemblies, they will assist President Akufo-Addo at the local government level during his second term.



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