NDC MPs to introduce a bill to set up Presidential Commission on Debate

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu says their side of the House is considering to introduce a bill to set up a Presidential Commission on Debate.

Speaking on the floor of the House, Haruna Iddrisu said this will enrich competitive democratic politics in Ghana

“Indeed Mr Speaker I’m even further studying a Private Members Bill for the establishment of a Presidential Commission on Debate so that in future beyond 2020, Presidential debate will be facilitated by a commission to be established through a Private Members Bill so that we will compel a debate on infrastructure, economy and on governance for the purpose of enriching competitive democratic politics in Ghana.”

“So, Mr Speaker, I know that you will want it to be part of your legacy.”

There have been calls for a Presidential debate ahead of the 2020 elections but the NPP has decline participation.

Vice President Bawumia said it will be interesting for a presidential debate but it’s unnecessary as both leading parties have records that Ghanaians can judge them by.

Vice Presidential Candidate for the NDC, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang also in an interview said she will be ready to debate the Vice President Dr Bawumia.

Speaking on GH-One TV in response to her critics of her not having economics background, Prof Opoku Agyemang said it is not a requirement for the office of the vice president.

According to her, there is a precedent that some vice presidents the country had did not have an economics background and that also came from the NPP administration.

She noted that is not an issue for debate or it is being raised by the NPP because she is a woman.

“My critics are mostly NPP, in their own party, they have had Aliu Mahama was he an economist? The Veep chairs police council, must I be a security man? I’m not an economist but I understand the economy. Why, is it a requirement that the veep must be an economist? since when did that become part of it?”

On whether or not she will debate Dr Bawumia who is an economist as compared to her field of literature, Prof Naana Opoku Agyemang said yes she will be ready to debate the vice president.

She stated that the vice president has no security background but chairs the police council and to her, that explains it all.

Prof. Opoku Agyemang said her ability to be able to manage UCC without an economics background is evident.

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