(((AUDIO))) IEA Must Be Commended For Enhancing Democracy- GIGS


The Executive Director of Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS), Mr. David Agbee has commended the Institute of Economic Affairs(IEA )for the their tremendous work done from the year 2000 when they started organizing Presidential debates in a bid to enhance democracy in the country.

Mr. Agbee described IEA as the first think tank in the country and their activities has encouraged most people in the country to also work towards enhancing democracy since they believe now it is achievable.

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Mr. David Abgee

Speaking on Agoo fm’s   “ Ene Nso Biem”  hosted by Eugene Akoto Bamfo, Mr. Agbee , praised IEA for coming out with another   presidential debate this year.

He said this will afford Ghanaians the opportunity to weigh policies from the various political leaders and choose the one whom they think can proffer better solution to the countries problems and also offer better growth and development policies.

Meanwhile, the National Organizer of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has accused think tank Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) of behaving like a “headmaster” for going ahead to announce that there would be a one-on-one debate between President John Mahama and main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, without properly consulting his party.

The IEA announced the debate on Tuesday May 10 at a press conference, but Mr Adams said the IEA should have engaged the parties before making such a proposal public.

Speaking to Class fm  on Wednesday May 11, Mr Adams told host Prince Minkah that the IEA was gaining notoriety for doing things without consulting parties.

“No, it [the debate] is not welcoming because the organizers, IEA, cannot continue to disrespect political parties and persons that are involved. If Class FM wants to organise any debate, I don’t think you go on air and start announcing…even before you approach us. You have to approach us first and get the consent even before you go public to do anything,” he stated.

The much anticipated Presidential debate for candidates will be considered for only the two major political parties for now, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said.

The IEA says the decision is premised on a survey it conducted in Ghana, which the results clearly demand just a showdown of separate encounter between the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama and that of New Patriotic Party(NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The institute has however announced that it will hold a separate debate for all parties without representation in parliament later.