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Politics Sun, 28 Feb 2010

The President should also consider Assemblymembers for DCEs -Ayamdor

Bolgatanga, Feb 28 GNA- Mr. Alexis Ayamdor, Assemblyman for the Zorko-Kanga electoral Area in the Upper East Region, has said the Preside= nt should not look beyond present and past Assembly Members when nominating District Chief Executives (DCEs). "They stand the chance of serving their communities better than somebody who does not have any background in assembly matters because the= y have been trained and groomed well and are familiar with procedures and culture of the district governance structure."

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr.Ayamdor, observed tha= t if Assembly Members become DCEs, the spirit of volunteerism would ascend since they know how best to engage the ordinary person communal work with= out expecting monetary benefits.

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Mr. Ayamdor who was against the appointment of DCEs, stated that the= y should be elected to give them the free hand to operate to serve the interest of their people. According to him, there were many instances where appointed DCEs had= to succumb to political pressure from central government on development issu= es that were not in the interest of the local people. The Assembly Member explained that if DCEs were elected, it would ma= ke them more accountable to the people who elected them, knowing very well t= hat their performance would determine their political destiny. He was opposed to views widely held by a section of the public that when DCEs are elected, their opponents would work out strategies to sabot= age their efforts. The Assembly Member also urged organizations especially political on= es to support women to contest the upcoming District Assembly elections. He appealed to aspiring women to be bold and confident to contest an= d explained that as women, they have a very crucial role to play in nationa= l development adding, they could contribute to national development by gett= ing themselves involved in the decision-making process.

Source: GNA
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