Aspiring Candidates Debate In Upper East Region
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) recently organized a debate for Aspiring Parliamentary Candidates at the Catholic Social Center at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The candidates who took part in the debate were, Dr G. A. Agambila, A Deputy Minister for Ports, Harbours and Railways, NPP, Mr Akolbire Opam-Brown, NDC, Ms Evelyn Lamisi Anabila, CPP, Mr Awuni Atia Solomon, DPP and Mr Amshie Baba Tulius an independent candidate. Mr David Apasera of PNC could not take part due to ill health.
Alhaji Danda Mahama of CDD who is also a media practitioner was the moderator for the event and commended the candidates for their democratic spirit.
Each candidate began by presenting to the Electorate their programmes which they intend to pursue if elected to Parliament. Questions covering decentralization, corruption and Mutual Health Insurance Scheme were put across to all the Candidates. The answers given were tailored towards manifestoes of the respective parties of each candidate.
The electorate had the opportunity to ask the aspirants questions bordering on politics, economy, HIV/AIDS and agriculture. The debate was conducted in a manner devoid of personality attacks, insinuations, insults, critism and heckling.
All the candidates performed well to the admiration of all present. Looking at the manner discussions went, it became difficult to pin point the one who came first.
In a spirit of ecstasy, a social worker remarked that, ‘Ghana’s democracy and rule of law have permeated the very fabric of society and must be cherished and sustained in the Region.
In his closing remarks, Mr Adam Cockaa, Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) said, the aspirant MPs relate to one another in brotherly and friendly atmosphere and urged the supporters to emulate them and refrain from fighting, rancour and acrimony. He added that “Politics is not war but about development”.