The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour
has emphasized government commitment to the election of Metropolitan Municipal
District Chief Executives (MMDCE) on a partisan basis and has consequently
called on everybody to vote YES in the upcoming Referendum slated for 17th
Hon. Darfour made this statement when the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua launched the Regional Diocesan Sensitisation program on the Referendum and Election of MMDCEs at St. George Catholic Church on 5th November 2019.
He said, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo is very committed to his campaign promises of given to the citizens the power to decide who becomes their Chief Executive which is currently the prerogative of the President. This he said would depend on decentralization and ensure the socio-economic development of the country.
He thanked the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Catholic Church and the Justice and Peace Commission for the initiative to sensitize the public on the Referendum.
Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, Catholic Bishop of Koforidua Diocese called on the participants who were drawn from all the Parishes in the Eastern Region to go back to their various Churches and educate their members about the pros and cons of the Referendum. He thanked KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG (foundation) for sponsoring the program.
Other speakers at the launch were Hon. Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for New Juaben North Nana Adjei Boateng, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister Hon. Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, Municipal Chief Executive of New Juaben South Hon. Isaac Appau Gyasi, Regional Director of NCCE, MR. Alex Sackey and the Regional Electoral Commissioner.