I am for election of MMDCEs – Asiedu Nketia

By A. B. 
Kafui Kanyi, GNA

Ho, Aug. 14,
GNA – Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the National Democratic
Congress (NDC) has restated his support for the election of Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

He said that
was the only way to “stop development at the local level on partisan
basis” and charged the rank and file of the Party to prepare for the
impending referendum to allow for election of MMDCEs.

Mr Asiedu
Nketia said this when he inaugurated ten functional committees for the Party in
the Volta region tasked to work actively for victory in the 2020 general
elections.

He said he had
always been in support of election of MMDCEs and argued that it was the best
for local government and would fast track development at that level.

The General
Secretary said it was the best alternative to the current winner-takes-all
system, which was fast dividing the nation.

He said
electing MMDCEs would make local governance more participatory and keep
political activities alive at the grassroots.

Mr Asiedu
Nketia therefore invited supporters of the Party and the citizenry to vote for
the amendment of the constitution to allow for election of MMDCEs.

He asked the
NDC to work towards keeping its core supporters and not over concentrate on
attracting floating voters.

Mr Asiedu
Nketia said though floating voters were important, core supporters were the
lifeline of the Party and must be treated well whiles chasing floating voters.

On the Ghana
card registration, he asked supporters of the Party to tackle it from a
development angle and not politics, because citizenship registrations were for
development purposes.

Mr Asiedu
Nketia said only the Electoral Commission was mandated to determine what should
be used for election and that the Ghana card could not replace voter’s ID
cards.

He charged
members of the committees to work hard and bring the Party back to power.

Mr Henry
Ametepe, NDC Volta Regional Chairman, said the Party was poised for victory in
2020 and also charged the committees to work actively for a “sweet
victory”.

The committees
are; Research and Strategy, Political, Finance, Social and Welfare and
Security.

The rest are;
Constitutional and Legal, Communication, Council of Elders, Special Complaints
and Disciplinary committees.

GNA

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