Preference for the election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) on non-partisan basis among Ghanaians has increased by 12 per cent between 2017 and 2021.
About 59 per cent of Ghanaians, according to a 2017 Afrobarometer Survey by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), preferred the non-partisan election of MMDCEs but the percentage has increased to 71 in another 2021 local government survey by the organisation.
Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah, the Programmes Manager of CDD, disclosed this in a presentation during a regional consultative forum on local government reforms for selected journalists in the Ashanti Region.
The forum, which was organised by CDD in partnership with the Local Governance Network (LOGNET) and the Civil Society Coalition for Local Government Reforms in Ghana, formed part of efforts to reset the agenda for the election of MMDCEs.
Nana Mensah said while the non-partisan preference increased by 12 per cent between 2017 and 2021, preference for partisan election declined by 20 per cent within the same period.
He said in the 2017 Afrobarometer Survey 40 per cent of the respondents wanted a partisan election of MMDCEs but the figure dropped to 20 per cent in the 2021 local government survey.
Support for the election of MMDCEs, according to him, was generally high among the respondents irrespective of their political affiliation.
He said since 2008 it had generally been high in both rural and urban areas and that it was only in 2008 that there was a significant difference between urban and rural support for the election of MMDCEs.
The survey also revealed that an appreciable majority of those interviewed were of the view that traditional leaders had a better appreciation of the local political issues than ordinary people and should have a greater influence in the assemblies.