He said Assembly Members were "the bedrock of our local governance system".
In a live Facebook session on Thursday, June 18, 2020, Mahama said his administration would train assembly members to coordinate the localised registration of all births and deaths.
He said "For providing the service our intention is to pay Assembly Members so that they can earn an income to be able to look after themselves" adding that a policy "is going to be contained in our programme on governance...So this thing about having a new voter register and all that will be a thing of the past because we will get in real-time who has turned 18 and we can just transport them onto the electoral register."
NALAG and Kufuor on salaries to Assembly members
The National Association of Local Authorities (NALAG), the mother association of all local assemblies and its members has called for an improved welfare package for assemblymen who serve as development agents by rendering unflinching social services for their respective electoral areas.
In August 2019, former President John Agyekum Kufour advocated that assembly members should be given a stipend in recognition of their efforts to deepen decentralisation and local governance.
He said the role played by assembly members in the local governance structure, particularly in the area of ensuring accountability in the assemblies, was a serious one and should, therefore, not be completely regarded as voluntary service.
"Assembly members should be supported with some stipend. That stipend is not for them to go and solve problems but as recognition for their efforts.
Even though we expect them to exercise a good deal of sacrifice, their work is very serious and hectic and should, therefore, not be entirely taken as a voluntary service," he said.