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Presidential debate for 2012 elections set in Tamale


The Institute of Economic Affair’s (IEA) will tomorrow host its first series of presidential debate in Tamale for the various presidential candidates in these years’ elections.
The debate according to the IEA forms part of their efforts to consolidate multiparty democracy and promote issue based elections in Ghana.
The Debates will take the form of a policy dialogue engagement at which the presidential candidates will be enabled not only to present their viewpoints, plans and programmes, but also to point out weaknesses in the policies of their opponents and present alternatives to those policies and programmes.
The electorate on the other hand will receive first hand information on the programmes and plans of each candidate.
The IEA believes that the Debates will enable the electorate make an informed choice on Election Day. The seating arrangements were determined beforehand placing  NDC candidate, President John Dramani Mahama and Flagbearer of National Democratic Congress as first, followed by Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Forster, Flagbearer, Convention People’s Party (CPP), Hassan Ayariga, Flagbearer, People’s National Convention (PNC) and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,  Flagbearer, New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Meanwhile, some residents in the northern regional capital, Tamale have been expressing mixed expectations ahead of tomorrows’ Institute of Economic Affair’s (IEA) presidential debate in Tamale.   
Top among the issues they want the presidential candidates to touch on are sanitation, education, job creation, agriculture, peaceful election 2012 and the debate of whether National Health Insurance Scheme is collapsing or revamping among others.
President John Dramani Mahama  arrived at the Tamale airport at about 5:30pm on Monday with roused welcome by enthusiastic supporters to participate in the debate. 


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