Story: Kwadwo OWUSU ADUOMI
Government has finally released the long-awaited nominees for the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies across the country.
The Minister for Local Government, Dan Botwe at a press briefing on Sunday, September 19, 2021 indicated that the list had been forwarded to the various Regional Ministers.
The Regional Ministers are expected to contact the Electoral Commission (EC) who will commence processes for assembly elections on the various nominees.
Meanwhile Police have arrested four leaders of a group calling itself Concerned Youth of Odododiodoo Constituency.
The four were earlier reported to have led a street protest against President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s nomination of a former Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Elizabeth Sackey, as the next Mayor of Accra.
According to the police, the protesters were arrested for causing public disorder at Jamestown.
The Police in a statement issued to the media said,“the police have arrested four persons for allegedly causing public disorder at Jamestown in Accra.”
“The four are Salaami Abubakari, 36, Daniel Opare Oman, 43, Edward Holm, 38, and Daniel Clottey, 41 years old. The ringleaders led scores of people to allegedly block a road at Jamestown by burning car tyres, further creating a sense of fear and disorder.”
The police also cautioned other persons with similar intentions to desist or face the law.
“The police administration strongly cautions any individual or group of persons who intend to unlawfully assemble and cause mayhem over the publication of the MMDCEs list or any other matter to immediately abandon such plans or face the law”,the statement said.
Earlier, the National Security Coordinator issued alerts to all security councils across the nation ahead of the announcement of Metropolitan, Municipal, District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
The alerts were issued on Thursday, September 16,2021 to chairs of Regional Security Councils (REGSECs),Municipal Security Councils (MUSECs) and District Security Councils (DISECs).
“There are indications of possible clashes ahead of the announcement of the MMDCEs in parts of the country”, the statement noted.
“REGSEC,MUSEC and DISEC are hereby urged to be on high alert to pre-empt breach of peace in the respective areas,it said.
Meanwhile, the acting Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has condemned a demonstration purported to be in his name.
He has since disassociated himself from the incident and urged his supporters to respect the decision of President Akufo-Addo in the nomination of MMDCEs.
“We should recognize the President’s authority to nominate individuals of his choice to promote his agenda, and it’s our duty to support the appointees to succeed… I totally support all the President’s nominations and commit to continue to work towards the development of the country,” he said.