NDC boycotts IEA debates and meetings on grounds of disregard and disrespect by the institution
The ruling National Democratic Party (NDC) has given a directive to all its candidates forbidding them from participating in any debate organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Though the party hinted on a possible boycott earlier, it was never made official. NDC boycotts IEA debates and meetings on grounds of disregard and disrespect by the institution.
The ruling party has now officially announced it is boycotting all debates planned by the IEA in connection with the November polls. A statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Aseidu Nketiah stated that the decision was taken by the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee. Part of the statement read:
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has, at its Functional Executive Committee (FEC), Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, decided not to participate in any debate to be organized by the Institute Of Economic Affairs (IEA), as far as it is related to the 2016 General Election
The statement ordered all party structures, especially the youth and Women’s wings, to take note of the decision and comply accordingly. The NDC had earlier expressed its dissatisfaction over the IEA’s decision to hold a separate debate for flagbearers for the two leading political parties, NPP and NDC. The ruling party, fumed at the fact that the institute did not seek their consent before making new arrangements for the debates.
The People’s National Convention (PNC), Convention People’s Party (CPP) and a few other political parties had frowned at the IEA debate idea of organizing special debate for the NDC and NPP. Some political parties had also threatened to boycott the debate.
Reacting to the looming NDC boycott, the IEA had earlier said that their plans will not be affected by the ruling party’s non-participation. The IEA had also said the debate is open to interested candidates, as it is an independent platform.