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.

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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

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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).

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“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.



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