The executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Jean Mensah, has said this year’s presidential and vice-presidential debates would go on with or without the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s participation.
Her comments come after the national organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams, accused the civil society organisation of failing to consult the party before announcing an outline for the debates.
Mr Adams also threatened the NDC would boycott the debates, saying: “IEA cannot just announce a programme, it has not engaged the party on. We are surprised… So if the party has their own programme how are you going to organize it? You don’t go and engage one side and leave the other. We are a serious political party.”
But speaking to Accra-based Peace FM, Mrs Mensah said it was not mandatory for the IEA to consult political parties before coming up with its plan to organise the debates.
She said the IEA’s policy over the years had been to launch its election activities before engaging the parties, adding that the organisation would go ahead to organise the debate with or without the NDC.
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The IEA has slated this year’s presidential and vice presidential debates for September and October for political parties with representation in Parliament.