Ashanti Regional Aspiring Candidates Debate
Aspiring Parliamentary candidates in the Bantama Constituency of the Ashanti Region recently held a debate at the Center for National Culture in Kumasi.
The debate which was organized by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana was aimed at providing candidates with a common platform to put across their programmes and outline their visions to the electorae in twenty-five (25) selected constituencies. It was also meant to help make the 2004 election campaign to be issue-based, devoid of personal attacks.
Candidates who participated in the debate included Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, NPP, Alhaji Alhassan Baba, NDC and Mr Yaw Boafo representing CPP, with Mr Kwesi Anning, a representative from CDD-Ghana moderating.
Dr Nicholas Amponsah, a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Ghana asked each candidate questions bordering on development challenges facing the Bantama Constiuency.
Other questions centered on indiscipline, Local Government and Decentralization, streetism, Health (HIV/AIDS), corruption, accountability and transparency among other things.
The candidates spoke about their personal profiles and set out plans and objectives they have for the constituency if elected. Each candidate responded creditably well to questions put to them.
Ms Cecilia Dapaah, said when given the mandate, she would help solve the problem of streetism in the constituency by involving both parents and children to identify the root cause of these social problem and adopt a strategy to address it once and for all.
On HIV/AIDS, all candidates agreed and advocated for a behavioral or attitudinal change. They also recommended and encouraged the formation of Virgin Clubs to help girls maintain their virginity, which to them is the best way to protect them from getting infected with the virus”.
On indiscipline, especially one bordering on sanitation, the CPP candidate said to curb indiscipline, there was the need to start with he school children through education because, he believed that, it is important to train a child the way he/she should go so that he/she would not depart from it when grown up.
Answering a question on accountability and corruption leveled against the DCEs, the NDC candidate, Alhaji Alhassan Baba said that, it is extremely important for DCEs to be elected by the people of the constituency to make them accountable to them instead of being appointed by the Government.
At the end of the debate, it became clear that, though all the candidates perform well, Ms Abena Dapaah came out slightly on top of her opponents.