The flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) will start the Institute of Economic Affairs’ evening encounter on Tuesday June 21, 2016, a statement from the IEA has said.
The evening encounter gives flagbearers the opportunity to share details of their manifestos to the public.
The PNC flagbearer “would be followed by Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, flagbearer of the CPP and Hon. Nana Akufo Addo, flagbearer of the NPP,” the statement signed by the Executive Director of the IEA, Jean Mensah, said.
The statement was, however, silent on whether the NDC would participate in other activities of the IEA.
Earlier, the NDC threatened to boycott the planned programme following the IEA’s failure to engage them on the programme before the public announcement. Kofi Adams, National Organiser for the NDC, said the IEA was not a headmaster to call political parties to a meeting.
Also, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, said the party felt disrespected by the IEA when the Executive Director noted that officials at the seat of government had been engaged on the said programme.
It is, however, unclear if the NDC will rescind its decision not to take part just as the party did in 2012 when it decided to boycott the debate but made a U-turn to partake in it eventually.
Read full statement from the IEA:
IEA UNDERTAKES BALLOTING FOR 2016 EVENING ENCOUNTER SERIES
As part of arrangements towards the IEA 2016 Debate Series, the IEA on Wednesday 1st June 2016 convened a meeting of representatives of flag bearers of three political parties, namely the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Peoples’ National Convention (PNC). The meeting aimed at discussing modalities and arrangements for the Evening Encounters and to undertake a ballot to determine the sequence of participation at the Evening Encounters.
Unlike Presidential Debates that bring all Presidential Aspirants together on the same platform, the Evening Encounters which are precursors to Presidential Debates provide a single platform to each of the Presidential Aspirants to present their vision and plans of governance to a cross section of civil society. After each presentation, representatives of civil society pose direct questions, seek clarifications or comment on the presentation.
As per the result of the ballot, the PNC’s flag bearer, Dr Edward Mahama would be the first among the Presidential Aspirants to mount the IEA Evening Encounter Platform. He would be followed by Mr. Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, flag bearer of the CPP and Hon. Nana Akufo Addo, flag bearer of the NPP. The first Evening Encounter would be held on Tuesday 21st June 2016. The remaining Encounters would be held weekly thereafter.
The IEA would like to commend the flag bearers of the Political Parties for their interest in mounting this accountability platform to share their vision, plans and to engage directly with the citizenry.
SIGNED DATED: 1ST June 2016
Mrs Jean Mensa