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24.10.2008 NPP News

NPP 1, CPP 2, NDC 3 At IEADebate

By Daily Guide

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday grabbed another No. 1 after the party's representative picked the slot for the forthcoming Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) organized debate for presidential candidates.

The balloting, which followed shortly after the NPP had picked the first position on the ballot papers for the December elections, during a similar exercise at the Electoral Commission headquarters, excited both party managers and supporters who consider the coincidences as auspicious.

The IEA balloting was organized to have the parties determine the order of their appearance for the debate.

Picking for the NPP was the party's Communication Chair, Dr. Arthur Kennedy whose excitement was visible on his countenance.

Following the NPP in the  Number 2 position is the Convention People's Party (CPP) which was picked by the party's Communication's Manager, David Ampofo.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) picked No 3, the same position the party picked for the EC balloting earlier and doing the picking was Hannah Tetteh.

The People's National Convention (PNDC) was not represented at the function and automatically had the number 4 position.

At the end of the balloting an excited David Ampofo remarked with a touch of humour: “We are moving forward”, attracting a response from Dr. Kennedy who said, “It is good to move forward.”

“We are moving forward” is the campaign slogan of the NPP.

Moderators for the 29th October 2008 debate are Prof Kwame Karikari, former Director of the School of Communications Studies, University of Ghana, Legon; Prof Ivan Addae-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon; Ben Ephson, Editor of the Daily Dispatch; and Cyril Acolatse, broadcaster, formerly of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

By A.R. Gomda