The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on its members to remain calm and respect the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s list of nominees for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs). The party revealed that the much-anticipated list, according to government officials, would be made public anytime soon.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra today, Friday September 17, 2021, the Director of Communications for the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, indicated that not every person will have his or her preferred candidate nominated but asked members to welcome the President’s decision. The selection process, according to the NPP’s communications director, reflects the President’s vision for the local governance system and the country at large.
“We urge everybody to be calm and to act in ways that promote good relations at a working level in order to give the nominees the best possible opportunity to work in the interest of the grassroots of the nation. Now that the selection process is over, we urge all former contestants and stakeholders to adopt the nominees as their own, encourage smooth confirmation processes, and support approved MMDCEs to deliver the best to their areas. Once the list is published, competition in any form ought to end.”Buaben Asamoah
Provide space for divergent opinions
Mr. Buaben Asamoah also advised the nominees to, as much as possible, be open and provide space for divergent opinions. Touching on the party’s ongoing registration of its members, he expressed concerns about how some officers are preventing some members from registering, thinking that, the register will be used for internal elections.
“Party officer election registers shall be compiled differently and will be done later per guidelines to be issued. So, we are assuring all our polling station executives to open up, work hard and try and capture as many persons who are likely to vote NPP as possible. The names should also go into the books that have been provided. Names in any other book not provided by the party for this exercise will not be valid or properly captured.”Buaben Asamoah
Prior to this, the Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, revealed that President Akuffo-Addo had finalized the list of Metropolitan, Municipal and District chief executives (MMDCEs) to be nominated to serve in the unexpired term of the President of Ghana.
“List of MMDCE nominees finalized by President Akufo-Addo; it will be submitted in the morning to the Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Hon Dan Botwe. Expect the list to be announced by the Minister very soon.”Eugene Arhin
Greater Accra alleged to have first female Mayor
As the nation awaits the much-anticipated list, reports suggest that the Greater Accra Region is set to have its first female Mayor.
The former deputy Greater Accra regional minister in the first-term government of President Akufo-Addo, Elizabeth Sackey, has been hinted to replace Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah as the Chief executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the post commonly referred to as the Mayor of Accra.
Elizabeth Sackey and 36 other women are expected to be named metropolitan, municipal or district chief executives in the soon-to-be-released approved list of MMDCEs.
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