National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has indicated that it will organize debates for parliamentary candidates in all 275 constituencies of the country ahead of the November 7 polls.
The Commission also says it will organise a presidential dialogue for aspirants in this year’s presidential elections. It says however that it is still in the process of securing funding for the debates.
The Commission’s announcement comes at a time political parties are lambasting the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) over its controversial 2016 presidential debate plans.
The Director of Communications at the NCCE, Joyce Afutu told Citi News the parliamentary debate is going to constituency based.
“ …It is going to be constituency based so in every constituency the results that will come up, we present it to the aspirants for them to interact with the people…”
Who qualifies at the parliamentary level
She indicated that aspirants of registered political parties are the ones qualified to participate in the debate, adding that the Commission is still considering the appropriate time to hold the debate.
Nature of presidential debate
According to her, the presidential debate will also be in the form of a dialogue between the NCCE and the aspirants.
She pointed out that the NCCE also intends to engage other stakeholders including “the populace” in their interactions.