By Jeremiah Nutsugah
The Office of the President, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Governance, Decentralisation, and Rural Development, has announced February 12, 2024, for the inauguration of District Assembly Members.
In a press release signed by Head of Public Relations, Matilda Tettey, it stated that this is a fulfillment of Article 35 Clause 6(d) of the constitution, which enjoins the state to promote decentralisation and popular participation in governance.
The Ministry stated that the inauguration is to facilitate the swearing of newly elected and appointed members of the MMDAs as part of efforts to deepen our local governance and decentralisation system to promote participatory decision-making at the local level.
“Additionally, Section 16 (1) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 requires Assembly members to maintain close contact with the electoral area; consult the people on the issues to be discussed in the District Assembly; collate their views, opinions, and proposals; and take part in communal and development activities, among others,” the release added.
The release added that citizens are encouraged to get involved in the workings of the District Assemblies and participate in decision-making in their various communities through their Assembly Members after the inauguration of the District Assemblies.