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1st IEA prez debate Nov 8

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The Institute of Economic Affairs has set November 8 as the date for its first presidential debate for the 2016 elections. It will be held in the Northern regional capital, Tamale.

The second presidential debate will be held in Accra on November 22.

Sandwiched between the two presidential debates will be the vice-presidential debate scheduled for November 15 in the Western regional capital, Takoradi.

The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has indicated that it will not be part of any of the IEA’s presidential debates. It is, however, not clear if there could be a change of mind with the party since President John Mahama. Flag bearer of the NDC has persistently called for a one-on-one debate with his arch-rival Nana Akufo-Addo.

Apart from Mr Mahama and Mr Akufo-Addo, two other contestants: Mr Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, have been cleared for the presidential race. Flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, who got disqualified alongside 12 others, recently won a case against the Electoral Commission at the court. The court ordered the EC to allow Dr Nduom make the necessary corrections on his nomination forms for reconsideration. If he succeeds in the nomination process, then Dr Nduom will become the fifth candidate in the race.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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