IDEG launches advocacy document on multiparty local democracy

Accra- The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), has launched an advocacy document with a call on Ghanaians to vote for election of Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Chief Executives (MMDCEs), in the referendum scheduled for September 2019.

The advocacy document titled; The Case for multiparty Local Governance in Ghana, explains the implications of outstanding benefits awaiting local governance.

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, the Executive Director of IDEG, commenting on the document, said the document was key to strengthening public education and advocacy on the need to vote for ‘YES’.

He said IDEG wanted to produce a document that would reflect the Institute’s thinking and educate the public about the need to decentralise local governance.

He said it was revealed in 2000 that, MMDCEs should be elected, but no action was taken then, the institute therefore thought such document would help democratic stability and development.

Dr Akwetey said local governance was the laboratory for anybody who wanted to solve problems of the people from the Presidency.

Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, commended IDEG for driving such agenda far and making the government more interested in the exercise.

He said it was clear in the New Patriotic Party’s manifesto that this government was committed to the local governance agenda to get multiparty democracy in local government level, adding that, the government had set a strong system to ensure the adoption of multiparty local governance.

Mr Amoah said there were still more work to be done such as adequate education at the pre-referendum and post referendum stages, adding that, government was hoping to get enough support from all sides before September 2019.

He said getting enough support would mean that at least 40 per cent would turn out for the election; and out of that 75 per cent would vote for ”YES”, but that could only be achieved only through adequate education.

The Deputy Minister said government was committed to the exercise and would do its best to ensure the “YES” vote, to make the multiparty local governance a reality.

Professor Florence Dolphyne, a former Chairperson of the IDEG Council of Trustee, launching the document said: “This document gives detail information on what need to be done and what they want to achieve in local governance”.

She called on the public to read the document and share its content in order to persuade people on what the document meant.

Source: Ghana News Agency