IEA unveils initiative to solicit questions for debate


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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has unveiled a campaign plan: “IWANTTOKNOW,” to elicit questions from ordinary people for its upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates towards the country’s December 7 elections.

By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Accra, Sept. 18, GNA
– The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has unveiled a campaign plan:
“IWANTTOKNOW,” to elicit questions from ordinary people for its upcoming
presidential and vice presidential debates towards the country’s December 7
elections.

The Institute said
the new crusade on its agenda would enhance citizens ownership of the electoral
process, and encourage them to send in questions they would like to ask the
candidates if given the chance to speak to them one-on-one.

Following the
launch, questions from the public could be submitted to the Public Think Tank –
IEA’s – Facebook, twitter and email channels.

“The IEA believes
that this approach will allow the electorate to demand accountability of the
candidate’s even before one them is elected president,” Mrs Jean Mensa,
Executive Director of the Institute told journalists at the campaign launch.

She said the move
would deepen democracy and ensure real concerns of citizens are addressed by
the candidates seeking to manage the national economy.

“I think the
politicians must be accountable to the people. We must ensure they address
issues of Ghanaian citizens,” she said.

“This year marks the
fifth consecutive time the IEA is holding presidential debate in the country.
To broaden participation in the debates, the IEA launched its new initiative,
“♯IWANTTOKNOW” campaign.

“The aim of the
campaign is to promote citizens ownership of the electoral process and
encourage them to send in questions they would like to ask the presidential and
vice presidential candidates if they could speak directly to them,” she said.

GNA


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