IEA Debate We may reconsider IEA debate boycott if... - NDC

The NDC in June 2016 pulled out their candidate President John Mahama, accusing the IEA of bias.

  • Published:
John Mahama with other flag bearers at IEA presidential debate in 2012 play

John Mahama with other flag bearers at IEA presidential debate in 2012

24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that the governing National Democratic Congress may reconsider its decision to boycott the 2016 presidential debates being organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The NDC in June 2016 pulled out their candidate President John Mahama, accusing the IEA of bias.

READ ALSO: Election 2016 NDC officially withdraws from IEA debate

But following the US presidential debate on Monday, there have been concerns from the public for the NDC to return to the presidential debate.

Mr Ablakwa said the party might consider if the IEA provides assurances that it will be more balanced towards the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

READ ALSO: IEA debate "Mahama discrediting IEA debate to avoid embarrassment" - Hopeson Adorye

“We have concerns about some of the statements of the top officials of the IEA...their posture,” he said.

“If the IEA were more open, more transparent, more balanced, more fair, more careful with their posturing ...we would not have these concerns,” he said.

“Mahama would love to debate...he has been dating all his life...we believes that it is really his strength,” the deputy education minister told Accra-based Joy FM.

“Let us not rule out a possibility of a Hillary Donald style if there is a credible platform. We have heard the NCCE say that they would want to organise one”.

“All the indications ...from within my party is that if they go ahead, the NDC will present its flagbearer.

“We have time. If the IEA will give assurances and will try to explain some of the concerns that party has, who knows may be the NDC will take a second look,” he added.

The IEA has since denied the bias claims by the NDC, saying it is poised to deliver a credible presidential debate in October 2016.

IEA rolls out #IWantToKnowCampaign in Kumasi

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 NPP Government Ghana fortunate to have Akufo-Addo as president- Rawlingsbullet
2 NPP Government Has Akufo-Addo’s deputy ministerial appointments been...bullet
3 State Asset Why NPP government seized NDC MP’s Toyota vehiclebullet
4 Campaign Over! Don't forget your promise to us - Akpeteshie...bullet
5 NPP Government Akufo-Addo hails troops' contribution in...bullet
6 NPP Government We are going to fix difficult economy inherited...bullet
7 Bribery Scandal I don't have evidence; allegation came from...bullet
8 Sanctioned NDC suspends Teye Nyaunu for misbehaviorbullet
9 NPP Government Akufo-Addo swears in regional ministersbullet
10 Bribery Scandal I never received any money from...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video What Ghanaians are saying about Agyarko's bribery allegation casebullet
2 Election 2016 New NPP campaign ad features Mills, Rawlings calling for...bullet
3 New Government Swearing in of Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumiabullet
4 Election 2016 Mahama tried bribing Bugri with GHC40,000 and a V8 - NPPbullet
5 Election 2016 IGP is an 'asshole' - Ken Agyapongbullet
6 Election 2016 I'll vote for Mahama - Nyaho Tamakloebullet
7 Election 2016 Obinim threatens to rig elections for Mahama,...bullet
8 Election 2016 President Mahama Commissions the Kwame...bullet
9 Election 2016 Hassan Ayariga dancing to Shatta Wale's Kaikaibullet
10 The Gambia Mahama touts achievements to ECOWAS leadersbullet

Politics