December 17, referendum: check out some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers.

QUE:

why is the government not prioritizing the amendment of article 243(1) by parliament first before tackling article 55(3) to be amended through a referendum?

Answer:

Amending article 243(1) is prioritized it has gone through all the necessary processes and at the last stage.it requires the members of parliament to approve it.by hard work it could be approved before December 17, 2019

QUE:

why is it that, the government did not set a specific date for parliament to sit and amend article 243(1) just as he has done for article 55(3) through the referendum?

Answer:
Government does not influence the sitting days of parliament they are masters of their own rules as an independent arm of government.The best government can do, is to lobby and engage the leadership of parliament to prioritize discussions on the amendment bill to article 243(1) presently before the house

QUE:

Will the Assembly and Unit committee members be paid now because they are going to be elected on partisan basis?

Answer:
Assembly and unit committee members can only be paid now if their position is made full time like the MPs, so that they dont draw double salaries from the consolidated fund.since most of them are already on the government payroll

QUE:

What then becomes of the role of Chiefs if the local government system is made partisan, as the 1992 constitution debars chiefs from engaging in partisan politics?

Answer:
Just as we have at the national level, they are the custodians of the land, key partners in development ane provides of wise counsel for improved local development.Guidelines to regulate the relationship between MMDAs and chiefs has been developed and under review to properly create the space for traditional authorities in local governance without undermining their non- partisan status.For instance the various traditional councils in the old guidelines are to be consulted before finalizing the development plans for the area for their inputs and also be part of the implementation process.

QUE:

Is it the case that, MMDCEs would have to be elected on partisan basis before they can have a security of tenure?

Answer:
No. Though MMDCEs may have some security of tenure if elected on non- partisan basis, their security of tenure becomes more permanent if elected partisan basis because the recall provision cannot be easily be applied if political parties are involved.if elected on partisan basis, since same political parties shall be involved in selecting their MPs, they can exempt the MMDCEs from contesting as MPs whilst in office so this will also guarantee tenure and also reduce the usual infractions between MMDCEs and sitting MPs.

Source: Dinpafm.com

Story by : Nana Akosua Ansah ( Nakosa)

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