CDD organises Parliamentary Debate in 30 Constituencies
As part of its efforts to deepen and entrench democracy at the constituency level and help voters make objective electoral choices based on their own assessment before the general elections, the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has organized parliamentary debates in 30 constituencies across the country.
At the Tema West constituency, two parliamentary candidates from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Convention People´s Party (CPP), Mr. George Medie and Mr. Kofi Asempa respectively, battled it out in a debate to woo more support ahead of the general elections. The New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate, Irene Torshie Adoo, however, failed to turn up for the debate.
The two aspirants answered questions on local governance, disability, corruption, democracy, education, peace and security from the moderators, made up of Mr. K. B. Quantson and Dr. Zorey, as well as from the general public.
Mr. Asempa noted the election is not about crowds at rallies or who claims to be the best man, but it is about who can create the needed development for the prosperity of all Ghanaians. On corruption, he said he would help initiate reforms that would cut down on government expenditures to ensure proper accountability for rapid development. He continued that corruption is one of the major problems facing the nation and he would make sure government spends less so that monies saved would be used for other developments. On issues facing the disabled, the CPP parliamentary candidate noted that the two percent government allocation fund to the disabled through the District Assemblies has not impacted positively in the lives of people with disability. He said when given the nod as MP for Tema West, he would collaborate with the government to establish a National Disability Council to specifically look into the issues of the disabled. On local governance, he stated that he would press the election of metropolitan and municipal chief executives to ensure proper accountability.
On his part Mr. Medie pointed out that he would develop the constituency better than before because he has lived with the people and knows their peculiar needs, adding that Tema is fast deteriorating. He said he would help the disabled in the constituency by establishing special schools for training and support. He said he will support every programme that the central government brings for the disabled to ensure they live a normal life, like any able bodied person. He continued that the NDC would not stigmatize people with disability. The NDC parliamentary candidate noted that he would help fight corruption by ensuring that proper checks and balances are in parliament to check abuse of incumbency. He added that he would solicit loans for groups of people who want to go into specific businesses from the bank.
The Enquirer, Monday November 25th, 2008, Vol. 6 No. 343