GHANA: POLLS OPEN TO ELECT LOCAL GOV’T REPRESENTATIVES

By: www.africanakua.com/ Staff Writer/ Ghana

Polls opened Tuesday as Ghanaians seek to re-elect or replace local government representatives throughout the country.

As many as 57,040 are contesting for positions in this year’s local level election, which was first introduced in 1988.

While 18,510 vie to be members of the 260 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, 38,530 seek to become members of unit committees in their various localities.

Based on provisions of Article 55 (3) of the 1992 constitution, the candidates in the local level elections are forbidden from standing on political party tickets.

The recent attempt by the government to amend this provision to allow political parties to promote candidates for this election met strong opposition from various stakeholders, forcing the president to withdraw the bill from parliament.

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