National House of Chiefs Prez urges chiefs to be neutral and avoid unnecessary promises to politicians
The President of the National House of Chiefs, Naa Prof. John S. Nabila has urged chiefs to be neutral and avoid unnecessary promises to politicians as the nation prepares for this year’s crucial Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
He said chiefs are under the constitution obliged to receive all politicians who call on them as fathers during the campaign period.
The President was addressing the first meeting of the House in Kumasi.
Naa Prof. Nabila asked politicians to conduct a clean violent free campaign and ensure their interactions with the electorate during and after the elections do not plunge the nation into confusion.
Stakeholders involved in the conduct of the elections particularly the electoral commission to be impartial and neutral as much as possible to maintain public confidence.
Naa Prof. Nabila announced that the House is expected to conduct its elections ahead of the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
In this regard the regional houses of chiefs should conduct their elections between August and September to be followed by the national House in October.
Schedules and modalities of elections of chiefs to the regional houses communicated to the respective houses.
On the amendment to section 63 [d] of the Chieftaincy Act 2008 [Act 759, Naa Prof. Nabila told the house that the bill is still pending before Parliament for passage.
He said the House has responded appropriately to the threat by Nana Adjei Ampofo, a former paramount chief of Goaso in Brong Ahafo that he will challenge the Bill in Supreme Court should Parliament go ahead to pass it into law.
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Henry Seidu Danaa said he is following the proposed amendment bills to ensure that it is passed before Parliament is dissolved. On allowance to the chiefs, Dr. Danaa announced that almost all outstanding areas have been paid to date.
According to him he is aware of manpower deficit in the various houses of chiefs saying the challenge shall remain so as much embargo on recruitment remains in force. He aid few of the created vacancies have been filled and hoped the rest shall be taken care of when the ban is lifted by government.
The National Development Planning Commission is expected to meet the House and solicit their views on the 40 year Development Plan on Thursday, 25 February 2016.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)