Inauguration of the IEA Presidential Debates Committee
16 Jun, 2016 At 00:00:00 am | (IEA Conference Hall)


The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) introduced the culture of Presidential Debates to Ghana in 2000. Since then, debates have been held in every election year and have become a part of Ghana’s political history. Since 2008, The IEA has constituted a Presidential Debates Committee in each election year to assist the Institute with the planning and organization of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates.

On Thursday the 16th of June, 2016, the IEA inaugurated the 2016 Presidential Debate Committee. The Committee is made up of eminent Ghanaians who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of public life. The 10 member Presidential Debates Committee is chaired by Justice Prof. Akua Kuenyehia, Former First Vice President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The other members of the Committee are:

  1. Most Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference
  2. Alhaji Mama Gado Mohammed, Representative of the National Chief Imam
  3. Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyina, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost
  4. Alhaji Maulvi Bin Salih, Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission
  5. Rose Mensah-Kutin, Executive Director of Abantu for Development
  6. Justice Emile Short, Former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
  7. Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, General Secretary of the Christian Council
  8. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD)
  9. Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs








The Presidential Debates Committee (PDC) will have at least eight (8) meetings ahead of the Presidential Debates which commences in September 2016. The Committee shall work with the IEA to undertake the following assignments:

  • Assist the IEA with the organization of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates.
  • Review collated questions from the general public.
  • Select Moderators each of the Debates.
  • Review and approve guidelines for the Moderators.
  • Review and approve the format and guidelines for the Presidential Debates.
  • Review and approve the Presidential Debates Brochure.
  • Issue press statements/releases relating to the Presidential Debates as and when necessary.
  • Undertake any other duties that it considers relevant to the 2016 Debates.

The Institute is confident that the Presidential Debates Committee will work to serve the interest of the good people of Ghana. We hope that together with the media, political parties, civil society and the public an issue-based and violence free election will be achieved.

SIGNED                                                                          DATED: 16th June, 2016



Mrs. Jean Mensa

(Executive Director)
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