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17 June 2016

IEA inaugurates Presidential Debate Committee

IEA inaugurates Presidential Debate CommitteeThe Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has inaugurated a 10-member Presidential Debate Committee (PDC) under the chairmanship of former first Vice President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Prof Akua Kuenyehia, to organize two presidential debates and another debate for running mates ahead of the November polls.

Inaugurating the committee, a senior fellow at the IEA, Prof Atsu Ayee, indicated that the committee would be responsible for the overall conduct of the debates, including moderator and question selectio

He said the committee would also perform other duties related to the 2016 elections.

Chairman of the committee, Prof Kuenyehia expressed the confidence that her committee will oversee a successful debate.

The IEA Presidential Debates will be preceded by Presidential Encounters which will feature the PNC flagbearer, Dr. Edward Mahama next Tuesday.

CPP flagbearer, Ivor Greenstreet and NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, are expected to partake in the encounters.

It remains unclear if the governing National Democratic Congress, (NDC), which has raised issues with the IEA’s approach to this year’s debate, will take part in the Presidential Encounters, since it did not ballot for a slot.

Below is the members of the Committee:

1.Prof Akua Kuenyehia                                  –           First Vice President, ICC [Chairperson]

2. Most Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu                 –             President -Catholic Bishops Conference

3. Alhaji Mama Gado Mohammed              –          Representing the National Chief Imam

4. Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyina                       –        Chairman, Church of Pentecost

5. Alhaji Maulvi Bin                                        –          Head, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission

6. Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin                             –           Executive Director of Abantu for Development

7. Justice Emile Short                                      –           Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative

8. Rev. Dr Kwabena Opuni Frimpong           –        General Secretary of the General Council

9. Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu                     –   Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy                                                                                        (LECIAD)

10. Mrs. Jean Mensah                                       –     Executive Director, IEA

– By: Umaru Sanda/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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