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03.11.2008 Politics

Debate Attracts Mixed Reactions From Volta Region

Mixed reactions from the Volta Region greeted last Wednesday's debate between the four presidential candidates vying for the seat of the presidency.

From the standpoint of most people who were interviewed, the debate was a healthy exercise that served as a gauge to measure the intellectual depth of the persons who were aspiring to the nation's highest office and how well they were acquainted with the problems confronting the nation.

Others also thought there was more time ahead, between now and the elections, and that this single debate could not be used to determine who would emerge president in the December 7 polls.

Others, however, were of the view that it was uncalled-for, since Ghanaians would always vote along two dominant political lines: the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

However, 15 potential voters who registered in the last elections, said they were most impressed by the simplicity of Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom as they were able to relate to most of the things that he said.

Yet, others opined that their families had always voted along a certain line and so they would also do same regardless of who did better in the debate.

The Volta Regional Secretary of the NDC, Mr Francis Ganyaglo, was of the view that Prof. J.E.A. Mills won the debate, since he identified the problems confronting the nation and provided solutions to them.

For his part, the Deputy Volta Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Makafui Kofi Woanyah, said it was obvious that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won the debate, since he was on top of the issues and was good in articulating his views.

Story by Victor Kwawukume