Accra, Mar. 22, GNA - A five-member delegation from Togo led by Mr Payadowa BOUKPESSI, Ministere l'Ãdministration territorial de la Decentralization et des Collectivities Locales has paid a courtesy call on Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
The delegation is in the country to learn and familiarize themselves with Ghana's decentralization and local governance systems which they intends to replicate in Togo.
Mr BOUKPESSI said Ghana is noted for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections and Togo has always followed Ghana's electoral systems with keen interest.
He expressed their country's decision to revamp its local election system by emulating Ghana's shining example.
Mr BOUKPESSI said Togo and Ghana share common traditions and culture and what is done in Ghana can be done in Togo, especially in terms of decentralization system.
He pledged his country's commitment to maintain the good bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Alhaji Dauda said the two countries are marginally the same in terms of cultures and traditions and that the delegation was at the right place and pledged the Ministry's support for them.
He said Ghana has a well-developed local government system as well as a good decentralization system and pledged his Ministry's support to assist them to revamp their local system.
He said Ghana district assembly system is being coordinated by the regional coordinating council's whiles the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development have oversight responsibility of all the assemblies and regional coordinating councils.
The Minister also elaborated on the operations of Ghana's Electoral Commission, and the administration and operation of the District Assemblies Common Fund.