By Bernice Bessey & Calum Drysdale
The Head of Local Government Service, Dr Stephen Nana Ato Arthur, has reiterated that the Service will not spare or shield any staff of the service, who overtly wants to participate in partisan politics.
As a result, three persons – Alhaji Maazu Abubakah contested for Pru West, Alexander Hedidor, Suaman, and Roland Nsoh, Billa Abiremin Bolga East – have been interdicted by the Local Government Service for defiance of its regulations.
In this respect, Nana Ato Arthur has been accused of ‘witch hunting’, since the interdicted officers contested on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), but the Head Local Government says the claim was unfounded.
According to him, the law was not only enforced only on the NDC members, but also on another person, Roland Nsoh, Billa Abiremin, who is contesting the upcoming primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking at a press conference ahead of a media sensitisation workshop at Peduase in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, he said the Local Government Service, in accordance with legislations guiding the conduct of the public service, and in conformity to roles, procedures and precedents set out by the Public Services Commission administration in the country measures to international best practices.
“Canon (1) of the Local Government Service Code of Conduct on the principle of anonymity and permanence states that “officers and staff of the Local Government Service shall serve the state with neutrality and anonymity in the national and local governance processes.”
“Early this month, interdiction letters were issued to three staff of the Local Government Service who overtly engaged in partisan politics. Two of the three contested the primaries for the position of parliamentary candidates on the ticket of the NDC, and the other about to do so on the ticket of the NPP,” he stated.
According to him, in the interest of democratic governance, as envisaged by clause 3 of Article 21 of the 1992 Constitution, it must be made clear to public officers that the public officer could, if they so wish, join political activities, however, Article 284 of the same Constitution frowns on public officers participating in active partisan politics.