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:
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:
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