All Upper West MMDCE’s to be Retained for Four More Years

Nadowli-Kaleo DCE(Left)

All Eleven Municipal and District Chief Executives in Upper West Region could still be at post for another four years  till the president states otherwise.

MMDCEs still at post

Metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) do not fall under the category of those who automatically lose their jobs on the expiration of the term of office of the President.

Rather, they can be removed from office by the President, as stipulated in Article 243 (3) (b) of the 1992 Constitution.

This means MMDCEs will continue to be in office until President Akufo-Addo decides to appoint new ones or their tenure ends.

Many of the current MMDCEs were appointed in April 2017.

CEOs of public Corporations

Per Section 14 of Act 845, another category of people who cease to hold office when the tenure of a President ends are heads of public corporations.

This was, however, declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June 2019.

In a unanimous decision, a seven-member panel of the court, presided over by the then Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, held that per Article 190 Clause 1(b) of the 1992 Constitution, public corporations were part of the public services of Ghana and, therefore, their heads were public service officers whose appointments were protected by the Constitution.

According to the court, the appointments of such public service officers were governed by Article 195 of the Constitution.

Source: Daily Graphic

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