CDD Holds debates for Nkawkaw parliamentary candidates
The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has organized a parliamentary debate for candidates contesting the Nkawkaw seat. The candidates are Mr. Kwabena Nkansah Boamah of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Stephen Ansong Akuamoah of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mr. Ampomah Denis of the Convention Peoples´ Party (CPP) and Mr. Seth Adjei-Baah, an independent candidate. The incumbent MP, Kwabena Adusa Okerchiri of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Peoples National Convention (PNC) candidate, failed to turn up.
Mr. Kwame Gyasi, a lecturer at the School of Business, University of Ghana, Legon, one of the moderators quizzed the candidates on a variety of issue including how conflicts could be resolved between District Chief Executives and MP´s.
Mr. Adjei-Baah, the independent candidate, said if given the nod to serve in parliament he would not interfere in the work of the DCEs because the two roles were clearly defined. He promised to establish cottage industries in the constituency to create jobs for the youth.
The CPP candidate, however, said co-operation between the two (MP and DCE) was needed in order to solve the numerous problems facing the districts. He indicated that as MP, he must be concerned with the development of the districts and the entire constituency. He also promised a welfare fund in the constituency, which would grant financial assistance to the people in order to set up and or expand their business.
The DFP candidate said he would assist farmers to improve upon their farming methods and increase production to generate adequate income.
Mrs. Grace Preko from the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, who co-moderated the debate, asked the candidates how they would solve the problems facing the physically challenged. The parliamentary candidates all promised to establish training programmes for them to gain employment.
The Programme Officer of CDD-Ghana, Mr. Harrison Belley, thanked the candidates and the audience for their co-operation.
Source: Accra Daily Mail, Thursday November 27th 2008