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IEA finally set to Commences Discussions with Representatives of the Presidential Candidates of the 2016 Election
The IEA has met representatives of the flagbearers of CPP and NPP to discuss modalities and arrangements for the evening encounter presidential and vice presidential candidates. It will be recall that the IEA. The IEA had earlier announced that it was considering holding separate presidential debates for the political parties based on a number of factors including size and representation in Parliament, with one restricted to candidates of the two major political parties.
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THE IEA 2016 DEBATE PROGRAMMES
1. As part of preparations towards the 2016 Presidential Debate Series, the IEA held separate meetings with representatives of the flag bearers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) on Thursday, the 19th of May, 2016 at the IEA in Accra.
2. The NPP was represented by Mr. Peter Mac Manu, Campaign Chairman of the NPP flag bearer and Mr. John Boadu, acting General Secretary of the NPP. The CPP was represented by Prof Edmund Delle, Leader and National Chairman and Hajia Hamdatu Haruna, First Vice Chairperson of the CPP.
3. The meetings which discussed modalities and arrangements for the Evening Encounters, Vice Presidential and Presidential Debates for 2016 ended successfully.
4. The IEA urges all Ghanaians not to allow the minor issues surrounding the announcement of intentions to hold debates to overshadow the ideals of debate. These ideals include:
a. Promoting issues-based elections;
b. Educating the public on the respective policy positions of the aspirants;
c. Calming down political tension;
d. Ensuring citizen participation in the governance process; and
e. Promoting political accountability by empowering the electorate to hold leaders to promises made on debate platforms.
5. The IEA is of the firm belief and conviction that “those who seek to govern must avail themselves to answer questions from the electorate to ensure that they understand their concerns and have the capacity to address them.” In this regard, the Institute urges all Presidential Aspirants to take full advantage of the debate platform to dialogue with the citizenry.
6. We encourage the general public to submit their questions to the IEA through the following channels: FACEBOOK: IEA GHANA and TWITTER: @IEAGHANA
7. The Institute wishes to advice all stakeholders to appropriately send their legitimate concerns to the IEA Secretariat. We assure the public that these issues would be resolved amicably through dialogue.