CLOGSAG to resist intimidation

Accra, Sept. 9, GNA – The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG), has expressed concern about the attitude of some Government officials and politicians who have launched unmerited attacks on its members.

It said the attacks were on members who contested for positions in the just ended district and unit level elections.

‘Reports reaching us from the districts indicate that some of our members who participated in the September 1, district elections are being overtly and covertly harassed and intimidated by some Government officials and politicians,’ Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, CLOGSAG Executive Secretary said in a statement issued in Accra and copied to Ghana News Agency.

According to CLOGSAG the intimidating attempts on its members who have won the district level elections to resign are unacceptable and a disgrace to the forward march of democracy in Ghana.

‘CLOGSAG will wish to draw attention to these practices that dehumanise and frustrate officers within the metropolitan/municipal and district assemblies.’

The ultimate goal of the district assemblies is to harness expertise within the various communities to raise the living conditions of the people.

‘To fight this undesirable attitude is a must for all members of CLOGSAG and all well-meaning Ghanaians.

‘Once again, we congratulate our members who won gallantly in the elections and assure them of our full support at all times,’ the statement stated.

The statement said the district assembly elections are non-partisan and any person seeking to be elected shall present himself to the electorate as an individual as provided in 1992 Constitution.

Article 248(1) – a candidate seeking election to a district assembly or any lower local government unit shall present himself to the electorate as an individual, and shall not use any symbol associated with any political party.

Article 248(2) – a political party shall not endorse, sponsor, and offer a platform to or in any way campaign for or against a candidate seeking election to a district assembly or any lower local government unit.

The statement said it is the duty of every citizen to contribute to the well-being of the community where he she lives; in order to ensure accountability of the local government level, persons living in particular areas must be afforded the opportunity to participate effectively in their governance.

CLOGSAG statement said it is clear that any institution, person or individual who tries to infringe on the freedom of others in their bid to participate in the district level elections is an affront to the 1992 Constitution.

‘We should rather encourage participation of CLOGSAG members who have the capacity and skills to drive the decentralisation process to achieve its envisioned goals,’ the statement noted.

The statement noted that it is noteworthy that the government appointees to the district assemblies since its inception have been public servants including the staff within Civil and Local Government Services.

‘Indeed it is on record that Civil and Local Government Staff have either been elected or appointed to serve in the District Assemblies.

‘At no point in time have these elected or appointed members of the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies been made to resign their positions in the services,’ the statement said.

GNA


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