Wed. Jun 23rd, 2021

Vetting Of MMDCEs by Political Parties Unconstitutional – Hon. Samuel Mensah

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The Presiding Member of Wenchi Municipal Assembly, Honorable Samuel Mensah have condemned the vetting of persons applies for MM/DCEs by the political parties in the country.

He said vetting of the applicants was unconstitutional since it has no room in the 1992 Constitution of the Republic and no where in the Local Government Act on the appointment of District Level Representatives.

Honourable Samuel Mensah reiterated that the President of the Republic has already been constitutionally empowered with the sole prerogative power to appoint MM/DCEs without prior vetting as being initiated by the political parties, this according to him the move was unconstitutional and the President should be allowed to nominate outright.

Again he said that the process was not only a breeding ground for unnecessary tensions but also a complete waste of time and resources which is the major cause of unnecessary demonstrations and agitations at the district against the President nominees.

In addition he said failed applicants blaimes their failure and removal on party executives and the panel for their inability to make it, some failed applicants thereafter begin to work underground to disapprove the nominees.

Mr. Samuel Mensah further explained that the delay in the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives after almost 6 months of the 2020 polls which has stalled all developmental agenda across the country.

This has made it impossible for any Assembly to implement its approved annual budget for the 2021 fiscal year, since the absence of MM/DCEs have made the MM/DAs virtually redundant he emphasized.

He urged the leadership of the various political parties most especially the two major political parties, NPP and the NDC to forward the list of people vying for the position to occupy the office of MM/DCEs to the President for further background checks nominations and confirmation in the subsequence years.

The Presiding Member predicted that some of the MM/DAs might have not have their Chief Executives even at the end of the year,if they do not get the needed approval by their respective Assembly Members, and will have to start over again to nominate a new person to also go through the process . We already have a laborious vetting?, he queries.

Mr. Mensah was responding to concerns from his electorates on Radio West Africa, concerning various stalled projects including a Police station, roads, drainage systems among other things in the Subinso No. 2 Electoral Area in the Wenchi Municipality of the Bono Region.

Chapter 20 of the 1992 Constitution DECENTRALIZATION and LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, Article 243(1) says there shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting.

Source: Radio West Africa/Nana Anfreh Damanta.

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