A senior lecturer at the school of Public Service and Governance of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Dr Augustina Akonnor, said the election of MMDCEs would promote participatory democracy by bringing governance closer to the people.
She said this following an event organised by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) as part of its efforts to sensitise the public regarding the upcoming national referendum.
“The service delivery at the local level would improve and people’s needs would be responded to quickly”, she said.
Dr Akonnor said a recent research revealed that more than 60 per cent of people believed that the election of MMDCEs would transform Ghana’s democracy and help boost development.
She said the current system where the government appointed MMDCEs “defeats the fundamental principles of democracy” and urged all to throw their weight behind the ‘Yes’ vote.
For his part, the Executive Director of IDEG, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey said IDEG was determined to help educate the public to vote ‘Yes’ in the December 17 referendum.
Ghana will on December 17, this year, head to the polls to vote at a referendum to amend the Article 53 (3) of the Constitution to allow for the election of MMDCEs.
On the same day of the referendum, there will be the election of members of the district assemblies and unit committees.