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Jean Mensa: NDC’s IEA boycott: ‘Our credibility intact’

Governance think tank Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said its credibility, as far as organising presidential debates in Ghana is concerned, is intact, in spite of efforts by some political parties and individuals to cast a slur on the institute’s image.

Mrs Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the institute, told Chief Jerry Forson on Accra100.5FM’s breakfast show Ghana Yensom on Wednesday June 22 in an interview that the critics who have sought to tag the IEA for many years, have failed at it.

“This is not the first time the IEA’s credibility has been questioned,” Mrs Mensa said, recounting that in 2012, similar issues about the think tank’s credibility were raised but never proven.

The IEA, on Tuesday June 21, 2016, started its Evening Encounter with presidential candidates. Dr Edward Mahama, flagbearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC) was the first to take his turn. The flagbearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr Ivor Greenstreet, follows next week on Tuesday, June 28 and then, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, will follow on July 5, 2016.

But the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has decided to boycott the event, as well as all other activities such as debates organised by the IEA in connection with the November 7 polls.

A statement signed by the party’s general secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the NDC, “at its Functional Executive Committee (FEC) meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, decided not to participate in any debate to be organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), as far as it is related to the 2016 general elections”.

“All party structures (especially the youth and women’s wings), are to take note and comply accordingly”, the statement said.

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC Mr Koku Anyidoho hinted at the boycott a few weeks ago. According to him, the IEA disrespected the party’s National Organiser, Mr Kofi Adams, as well as the NDC’s structures when it sidelined them to discuss the debate with some government functionaries rather than party officials.

But Mr Mensa told Jerry Forson that any attempt to discredit the governance think tank would not work. “I don’t think it will come to anything. This is not the first time our credibility has been questioned. In 2012, we went through the same processes when our credibility was questioned. Our credibility is intact,” she emphasised, adding: “If you [parties] have partnership with people and things don’t seem to be going well, the best thing is to discuss with the person, but till date, we have not heard anything from those who try to dent our credibility. This is not the first time that attempt has been made, but it doesn’t affect us, we will continue to do our work.”

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