The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) will on Saturday January 11, 2013, will take its anti-corruption campaign to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, with emphasis on the need to evolve our local governance system to enable it fight and prevent corruption.
This was stated in a press statement issued and signed the Coalition’s convener, William Dowokpor, in Accra over the weekend.
According to the statement, there is the need to remove the democratic deficit in the country’s governance system with the direct and popular election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
“This is a key reform that must take place for transparent and good accountable governance to prevail,” the statement said.
The statement further said: “Besides giving power to the people for rapid sustainable development and the guarantee of local accountability when all categories of local government Chief Executives are elected; the absolute control and abuse of local government budget by the Executive, evidenced by their bulk procurement of goods and services will be removed for the resources to be applied to priority areas of the Assemblies.”
“We maintain our strongest protest against the government white paper that seeks to have the President nominate a minimum of five (5) persons who would be vetted by the Public Services Commission (PSC) for competence after which three (3) of the nominees would contest in a public election,” Mr. Dowokpor protested.
The Coalition therefore charged that the following reforms be carried out “for the evolution of our governance system and for rapid socio economic development.”
“Removing the “hand” of the Executive (Presidency) from the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, through popular election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) by the people.
Turning the Office of Attorney-General into an Independent Prosecutor’s Office separate from the Ministry of Justice so that the Office is removed from the negative influence of partisan politics; and Separating the Legislature (Parliament) from the Executive (Presidency) so that effective checks and balance can operate without fear or favor.”
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