The Awutu Senya East Municipal office of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), has held an educational and sensitization seminar for the Kasoa Divisional Police Command to educate them on the upcoming Local Assemblies’ Election and Referendum.
The seminar, which was held in Kasoa on November 29, 2019, attracted a number of security personnel, and was aimed at making the real facts about the upcoming election known to the security agents, who are also major stakeholders in the national exercise.
Speaking to the media after the program, Mrs. Mary Nyamekye Ankrah, Municipal Director of the Commission indicated that there have been several misinformation about the upcoming exercise which has made it necessary to engage in heightened education across board.
She indicated that, the election is to pave the way for the amendment of the entrenched constitutional clause (Article 55, clause 3), which prohibits multiparty elections at the district level.
Mrs. Nyamekye Ankrah, added that, in relation to the election of Municipal and District Chief Executives, the amendments would be done by Parliament.
She further stated that, the law demands that at least 40% of the voting population of Ghana should exercise their franchise during the voting, out of which at least 75% should vote ‘Yes’ for the desired amendment to be done.
Article 55(3) states that “Subject to the provisions of this Article, a political party is free to participate in shaping the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, social and economic programmes of a national character, and sponsor candidates for elections to any public office other than to District Assemblies or lower local government units.”
Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution also stipulates that: “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”.
Whereas Article 243(3)(b), also deals with the appointment and removal of MMDCEs. The article currently gives the President the power to sack an MMDCE.