The Acting Chairman of the Governance Commission or GC, Madam Elizabeth Mulbah has disclosed that the institution is in the process of preparing a document to address all or most of the concerns being raised in the public.
During a one-day dialogue held at the National Elections Commission or NEC Wednesday, Madam Mulbah told participants that since the commission started the consultations on the decentralization program, as well as the drafting of the local government act, it (GC) has continued to be asked some critical questions and comments, indicating that these questions and comments relate to concerns associated with "this change initiative."
"Some of these questions and comments include: will decentralization not double the size of government and be too expensive? Will decentralization not spread corruption? will it not strengthen local and short change women?" Madam Mulbah noted.
In her response, however, the Acting Governance Commission Chair said the commission did not see such questions and concerns as coming from people who necessarily oppose decentralization; rather people who, she said, needed more clarifications.
"Once we have a written document that addresses these concerns, we can use it in many ways and to many audiences: simplify it for the vernacular radio broadcast, articles in local papers, website posting, etc," she said.
The dialogue at NEC yesterday was graced by the leaderships and members of political parties, as well as representatives of donor partners, among others.