In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Governance, Decentralisation, and Rural Development, the Office of the President has designated February 12, 2024, as the date for the inauguration of District Assembly Members.
According to a press statement issued by Matilda Tettey, Head of Public Relations, this inauguration aligns with Article 35 Clause 6(d) of the constitution, which mandates the state to promote decentralization and inclusive governance.
The Ministry has emphasized that the inauguration aims to facilitate the swearing-in of recently elected and appointed members of the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs), as part of broader efforts to enhance local governance and decentralization, fostering participatory decision-making at the grassroots level.
Moreover, the release underscores the requirement outlined in Section 16 (1) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936, which mandates Assembly members to maintain regular engagement with their electoral areas. This involves consulting constituents on pertinent issues to be deliberated in the District Assembly, aggregating their feedback, opinions, and proposals, as well as actively participating in communal and developmental initiatives.