3 Local Gov’t staff to be fired for contesting in Parliamentary primaries


Three staff members of the Local Government Service are likely to be sacked for contesting in the parliamentary primaries in Upper East Region.

The three include Alexander Hedidor and Nsoh-Billa Abire, both of whom work at the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Assembly and Alhaji Maazu Abubakar who works with the Builsa South District Assembly.

Two of the personel contested in the NDC’s Parliamentary primaries while the other has filed to contest in the NPP’s polls.

According to the Head of the Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, the conduct of the three staff members is an offence because it contravenes the neutrality clauses of the local government service code of conduct.

He posited that even under the statutory clause for the 1992 constitution under conflict of interest, public servants cannot be seen overtly to be practicing partisan politics.

“We (public servants) cannot be seen to be overtly be practicing (polotics) and we realized that three of our staff (local government staff) have actually filed to contest on political party tickets as members of parliament. So in this case the letter that you are referring to, two guys have already contested on the ticket of NDC, one guy has filed for the NPP going to contest.”

He further explained that these individuals have been interdicted and postulated, based on a previous situation which led to the dismissal of a worker, that it is likely that these persons will face similar action.

“So all the three, interdicted them, pending further investigation and further necessary steps to be taken by the counsel. One guy has already been fired last year when the guy contested on the political party ticket as a communication officer. So I think these three, to a large extent will follow suit.”

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