The Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) is advocating for an amendment of Article 55(3) which is entrenched in the 1992 constitution to allow for multiparty politics be introduced into local governance in the country.
Under this new system, all political parties have some access to the executive arm of government where experience will be gained for nation-building.
It is also said to promote inclusiveness and reduce the winner-takes-all system and polarization in the country.
Speaking at the launch of the “Advocacy Document on The Case for Multiparty Local Governance in Ghana”, Executive Director of Institute of Democratic Governance, Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey described this as a major transformation in the political sphere in Ghana.
“…..we felt it was time to reason with the public and put information out there that would enable people to understand why if parties are allowed in local governance it is going to be the strategic and transformational reforms the country has ever had.” he said.
Dr. Akwetey on the sidelines of the launch further opined that with the multiparty local government system, competence would be the bases for selection of members and this he said will bring about development in the country.
“…The parties will be involved in selecting because you must have the competence to deliver the services to bring about development.
The local economy has to be developed and you need somebody with knowledge and ability to bring people together and even lead.
Sometimes you need intellectual, sometimes you need the political which will united and tap into resources and change it…Development requires competence and we are saying politics also need competence and local governance makes sure it comes about.” he said.
In attendance was the Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana, Her Excellency Tove Degnbol, Deputy Minister for Local Government, O.B Amoah and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr.
The launch was organized at IDEG forecourt.
Story by: Dorothy M. Buatsi/universnewsroom.com