MMDCEs appointment; Group condemns lobbying

Spokesperson for the youth group, Mr Frank Obeng Gyimah, said the President and leadership of the nation must be left to select people into positions without being influenced by pressure groups.

According to the group, appointments of MMDCEs should be based on competence, dedication to duty and readiness to support national development.

Addressing the press, he said the appointment should not be based on pressure from groups or people who threaten to demonstrate against the President.

Frank Obeng Gyimah's response comes at the back of a recent press conference held by some residents of Asokore which sought to create the impression that no candidate or person could be selected from Asokore to be the district chief executive (DCE).

He said the press conference by the residents was aimed at throwing dust into the eyes of the public and the President by claiming that there was no peace between the people of Effiduase and Asokore.

He added that "we can say without any fear of contradiction, that the people of Asokore will be very much pleased to see the most competent person appointed for the district."

However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to make Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executive (MMDCE) position electable.

He said the move will deepen decentralization.

MMDCEs across the country are appointed by the president subject to approval by the assemblies.

Appointment of MMDCEs has become a tool for political patronage, making appointees less accountable to the people.

Critics have dismissed the idea of electing DCEs.

The Constitutional Review Committee recommended the election of MMDCEs but a government white paper rejected it, proposing that the president appoints five people who would be vetted by the Public Services Commission for competence after which three nominees would contest in a public election.

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