The Institute Of Economic Affairs, An Independent Public Policy Institute has launched its 2016, Presidential election debates. The debates, according to The Institute, will create opportunities for The Presidential Candidates, in the up-coming general election and their parties to engage the electorate on policy issues.
Addressing Journalists in Accra, a Senior Research Fellow of The Institute, Dr. Micheal Ofori-Mensah, said, the debates will provide presidential candidates a platform to present their vision to the nation, and discuss it with each other in the full glare of the public.
The 2016, IEA presidential debate promises to be better, bigger and issue-based analyses, this year. This is because; The Institute has pledged to focus on bread and butter issues, as well as, developmental programmes by each candidate, in the interest of Ghanaians.
The debate will see, the two front runners of this year’s election. The Presidential candidate of the Opposition NPP, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, is expected to debate, The Presidential candidate of the ruling, NDC, John Dramani Mahama, on key policies and programmes of his government.
According to, Dr. Michael Ofori-Mensah, the debates will also afford candidates to point out the weaknesses in the policies of their co-contestants and present alternatives.
“For the first time, in the history of The Institute, the Vice-Presidential Aspirants, with party representatives in Parliament will have opportunity to battle it out, with their political opponents, like their flag-bearers”.
The Executive Director of The Institute Of Economic Affairs, Jean Mensa, is looking forward for a vibrant and successful debate.
IEA is interested in “candidates, who will demonstrate an iron track grip on policies and not just hurling school boys’ insults at rivals”.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah