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New Local Governance Act 936 mandates EC to create new Assemblies

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA

Sunyani, June 16, GNA
– The creation of new Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs)
in the country is now the sole mandate of the Electoral Commission (EC).

Initially, the
creation of a new assembly was the sole prerogative of the President, a
situation, critics say were done to score political points.

Mr Johnathan Azasoo, a
Deputy Director at the National Development Planning Commission, said the
situation had not been the best, as it rendered some of the assemblies unviable.

But, added that the
passage of the new Local Governance Act (936), 2016, has given the
responsibility to the EC to do so if the need arise.

Mr Azasoo was speaking
at a day’s sensitisation workshop on the new Act 936 in Sunyani on Friday.        

The Ministry of Local
Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the Inter-Ministerial
Co-ordinating Committee on Decentralisation and the Institute of Local
Government Studies organised the workshop.

It was attended by
presiding members, co-ordinating directors, civil society organisation and
financial institutions.

Mr Azasoo explained
that the new Act 936 was passed to replace Act 462 because it contained
limitations, inconsistencies, duplications and conflicts, which made the work
of the assembly difficult.

He said the new Act
936 was merged with five different Acts after a vigorous reviewed process was
made on those Acts.

Mr Felix Chaahaah, the
Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Director urged MMDAs to be acquainted with
Act for the assemblies to function effectively.

He noted that there
would be role conflicts that would make the work of the assembly difficult if
they were not abreast of the Act.

Mr Chaahaah observed
that though certain gabs had been identified in the new Act and required
review, standing orders of the assemblies were taken from the Act 936.

He said assembly
meetings were essential in the district assembly concept and added that such
meetings would be meaningful for development if the assemblies understood the
Act.

GNA

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