The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has said the withdrawal of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), from the 2016 Presidential debates, will not negatively affect quality and relevance of the event in any way.
Following the announcement of the IEA’s calendar for its Presidential debates, the NDC accused the think tank of disrespecting them and subsequently indicated the party’s resolve not to participate in the IEA debate.
Speaking to the media at the inauguration of the Presidential Debates Committee however, a Senior Fellow at the institute, Professor Atsu Ayee, said the absence of the NDC would not take away from debate although he said he would have welcomed the governing party’s participation.
“Even though we would have liked the sitting government to be part of the debate, and that is why we are still engaging the party, if they decide to opt out we will still go ahead and have our debates, and I don’t think it will take away the luster or the quality of the debates.”
“Remember that the debates will be done by personalities and each of the personalities has his own style and approach to dealing with issues. So we do not anticipate anything about undermining the quality of the debates in case the NDC which is a sitting government doesn’t show up,” Prof. Ayee added.
IEA inaugurates Presidential Debate Committee
The IEA also 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.
Inaugurating the committee, Prof. Ayee, indicated that the committee would be responsible for the overall conduct of the debates, including moderator and question selection.
By: Nana Ama Agyemang Asante/ghanadecides.com/Ghana