The Chamber of Local Government has expressed worry over the continuous renomination of some municipal chief executives (MCEs) across the country despite being rejected by their respective assembly members.
Speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show with Kojo Mensah, the president of the Chamber, Dr Richard Fiadomor said: “…If the president nominates somebody who has served the first term and is going for a second term like Cape Coast and assembly members say ‘no, we were not impressed with your first term of office so we can’t confirm you’.
“Now we have the President renominating the same person again, you see when we do that then we weaken the local government system because when we think that, when it comes to those people, they don’t have the right to exercise their franchise, it is very wrong.”
Fiadomor added: “So, if an assembly rejects a nominee twice, the president should just allow, and if you do a content analysis you also realize almost all the nominees who are being rejected are those going for their second term.”
Confusion at Cape Coast assembly
Members of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly rejected the president’s nominee for the position of metropolitan chief executive (MCE) for the second time.
Ernest Arthur failed to attain the two-thirds threshold needed to be confirmed as MCE for the Cape Coast Assembly.
He garnered a total of 40 out of the 65 valid votes cast. Arthur was four votes short of the required two-thirds threshold.
The meeting to hold the vote was characterized by drama and violence which nearly marred the whole process.
Assembly members were seen engaging in wars of words.
Some of the assembly members held a press conference to distance themselves from what they considered an illegality on the part of the presiding officer and the Electoral Commission.
Most people in the municipality have attributed the nominee’s loss to his bad human relations and disrespect for local people.
Earlier, members of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the Cape Coast metropolis had made a passionate appeal to President Akufo-Addo not to renominate the sitting MCE, should he fail to win acceptance a second time.
Appeal for support
Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, had to go down on her knees and beg the assembly members to put aside their differences and support Arthur.
Asaase News’s Central Region correspondent reports that, at that point, everyone was clear that Assan had been able to convince the assembly members to vote for the president’s nominee, only to find out after the count that the assembly members’ words were not matched by their actions in marking their ballot papers.
Jubilation over failure
The result was received amid jubilation from some assembly members.
The nominee was observed looking surprised by the turn of events as they unfolded.
The occasion was graced by the information minister in the Kufuor government Stephen Asamoah Boateng, the current Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, and a number of party bigwigs.
Assembly members will cast their vote again on the same candidate, after reports suggested that Ernest Arthur had been renominated by the president.