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28 June 2016

NCCE ready to host debates

mahama-and-nana-addoSome members of the general public have often called on the NCCE to organize debates for both presidential and parliamentary candidates ahead of the elections since the IEA which organises such debates does not give the opportunity to all political parties.

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), says plans have advanced for the Commission to hold parliamentary and presidential debates ahead of the November polls.

Some members of the general public have often called on the NCCE to organize debates for both presidential and parliamentary candidates ahead of the elections since the IEA which organises such debates does not give the opportunity to all political parties.

Even though some persons and institutions have doubted the NCCE’s potential in hosting such debates effectively the Commission has indicated that it will announce the ground rules for the debate soon.

Other people have indicated that the Commission will be acting outside its mandate should it organise a debate of such nature. But the Commission also argues that they will be working within their mandate of educating citizens, especially on what the political parties and their candidates have to offer.

The acting Chairman of the NCCE, Samuel Akuamoah, said they have met all but two political parties. “With preparation, we are about 99% ready. Key among the preparatory issues was consultation with the political parties and other key stakeholders. With the political parties, we have met with almost all of them; we have just about two political parties outstanding. We are ready,” he said.

Mr. Akuamoah also said “we are currently waiting to finish with the last two political parties, then the planning committee will be put in place to start meetings to discuss the plan that we have put together for their inputs in terms of the host or moderators, venues, strategies and structure of the engagement. So after that, we will hit the ground running”.

There has recently been arguments over who has the responsibility to organise a political debates for the presidential and parliamentary candidates. Even though the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has done it in previous years there are sections of the public like the governing NDC that believe it is the responsibility of the NCCE to do so.

 

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