President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the final list of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) for his second term.
Earlier, there was a leaked MMDCEs report intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh on some shortlisted applicants from each District, Municipal and Metropolitan across the sixteen (16) administrative regions of Ghana.
Out of the shortlisted applicants forwarded to the office of the president with detailed recommendations, he has made the final nomination pending confirmation by the Assembly Members across the country.
The final nomination came barely a year since the MMDCEs Committee was constituted across the 16 regions for the preliminary vetting to be nominated for the smooth running of the local assemblies.
The final list was unvieled at a press conference by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Dan Kwaku Botwe.
In announcing the list, Dan Botwe has appealed to Ghanaians especially, members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to maintain calm since President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is the final determinant has approved the final nominees for confirmation.
See below, the full MMDCE nominees from the office of president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION AND CONFIRMATION OF MMDCEs IN GHANA
As per Article 243(1) of the Ghana 1992 constitution and Section 20 (1) of the Local Governance Act, Act 936 (2016), the President of the Republic of Ghana is clothed with the discretional powers to nominate ONLY one person to be the Chief Executive for the MMDA in Ghana with prior approval by not less than 2/3 of assembly members present and and voting.
The discretional powers of the President as contained in paragraph (1) in the above, shall be in line with Article 296 of the Ghana 1992 constitution.
It must be noted that the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives nominated by the President must secure not less than 2/3 majority of all assembly members present at a meeting and voting for that purpose.
Upon the receipt of the names of the MMDCE nominees by the Coordinating Directors of the MMDAs, the Presiding Members must call meeting to confirm the President’s nominees within 21 days. The Election to confirm the MMDCE nominees must be conducted by the Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission must inform the President within 7 days after any successful confirmation of the MMDCE nominees.
Where the MMDCE nominees secure 50% or more of the votes cast but fail to secure the 2/3 majority, another ballot will be cast within 10 days from the first ballot unless the President withdraws the nomination.
Where the MMDCE nominees fail to secure the required 2/3 of the votes of assembly members present and voting at the second ballot, the President may re-nominate the MMDCE nominee on reasonable grounds.
Any MMDCE nominee who at any time fails to secure 50% of the votes of the assembly members present and voting may be renominated by the President on reasonable grounds or may be withdrawn by the President.
Voting to confirm MMDCE nominees shall be conducted by the Electoral Commission through a secret ballot as per Article 51 of the Ghana 1992 constitution.
The procedures for the confirmation of MMDCE nominees are contained in Order 15 of the Model Standing Orders for MMDAs in Ghana.