NCCE To Hold 3 Presidential Debates

Josephine Nkrumah

THE NATIONAL Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in
collaboration with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) will hold
three presidential debates for all presidential candidates of the upcoming December
elections.  

The debate, which formed part of activities outlined by the NCCE
for the elections, is scheduled to take place in the Northern, Middle and
Southern zones in September, October and November, respectively.

September will also witness the start of the parliamentary candidates’
debate in all 275 constituencies. 

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday in Accra, chairperson of
the commission, Josephine Nkrumah, said the series of activities were aimed at
providing the needed platforms for dialogue and public sensitization towards
the conduct of peaceful and successful elections.

Under a theme, “The Future of Ghana is in My Hands,” the
activities, she said, also sought to appeal to the conscience of citizens to
prioritise the interest of the country in all their endeavours during the
period. 

She also appealed to all stakeholders to lend the needed support
to the commission to execute its mandate of educating citizens on their civic
duties especially during the election period which she said was needed to
sustain the growth of the country. 

“We ask the media for their support. Sometimes, when we go to
some of the media houses, we are required to pay money. However, when it comes
to election years, we actually have the media calling on us to support their
programmes.  We look forward to that collaboration in 2020,” she
said. 

Programmes Officer of the NCCE, Dr Imran Mohammed, mentioned that other
activities planned included public education on discipline within an
electioneering period, multi-stakeholder engagements on election and good
governance as well as meetings and capacity building programmes for members of
Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC).

He also indicated that there would be education on political party
vigilantism, research and report launch on voters concern, stakeholders meetings
on conflict management, as well as the identification and engagement of
election hot spots in constituencies.

Dr Mohammed furthermore said there would be other civic
educational activities that were not directly related to the elections including
programmes on environmental governance, child protection and anti-corruption.

By Issah Mohammed

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