Manifesto – Deepening Decentralization and Local Governance

We will

  • Fully implement the National Decentralization Policy Framework II (2015-2019) and the National Decentralization Action Plan II (2015-2019);
  • Strengthen the Urban, Zonal, Town and Area Council and Unit Committee system to make it more effective;
  • Initiate processes to implement the Constitution Review Commission’s recommendation to pay Assembly Members’ allowances;
  • Implement the Constitution Review Commission’s recommendation to have MMDCEs elected;
  • Promote performance-based competition among MMDAs;
  • Implement the Local Economic Development and the Public Private Partnership concepts in the districts;
  • Modernise major markets in the districts;
  • Direct MMDAs to organise ‘Accountability Forums’ to give voice to the public, Civil Society Organisations and other non-state actors in local level governance;
  • Set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into the creation of new regions, with the intention to increase the number of regions to fifteen;
  • Implement the programme for the decentralisation of the following either by devolution or de-concentration according to the National Decentralisation Policy Framework 2015 to 2019:
    • Registry of Births and Deaths
    • Ghana Library Board
    • National Youth Authority
    • Department of Co-operatives
    • Department of Town and Country Planning
    • Ghana Education Service
    • Ghana Health Service
    • National Disability Council
    • Food and Drugs Authority
    • Public Records and Archival Administration Department
    • National Peace Council
    • Registrar-General’s Department
    • Legal Aid Scheme
  • Vigorously implement the framework for inter-service/inter-sectoral collaboration and cooperation at the district, regional and national levels;
  • Work with the National Labour Commission and other partners to Enact and operationalise the Local Government (Borrowing) Bill to enable MMDAs borrow for infrastructure projects and other investmentrelated activities;
  • Implement the modified procedure for the emergence of MMDCEs as contained in the Government White Paper on the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) report;
  • Complete the property-addressing component of the Street Naming and Property Addressing Project and ensure electronic mapping.
  • Modernise major local markets in the districts.