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14.11.2008 Elections

Tamale Debate Best

By Daily Guide
Tamale Debate Best

RESIDENTS IN the Northern regional capital have praised the four presidential aspirants for advocating for peace during Wednesday's Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) encounter in Tamale.

Many were particularly impressed about the aspirants' commitment to strengthening peace in the north and in the build up to the December polls and urged political party supporters to lend their support to the worthy cause.  

DAILY GUIDE also gathered from residents that though all the presidential aspirants did their best to answer the questions well, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP stole the show.

The four presidential aspirants, Nana Akufo-Addo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Prof. Evans John Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), CPP's Paa Kwesi Nduom, and PNC's Edward Mahama answered questions mainly on governance, social issues and security, and unanimously agreed on the need to establish a more responsive government to improve the standard of living of Ghanaians.

Sampled views from a cross-section of the audience and members of the public revealed that the latest encounter was hotter.  

A section of the audience agreed with Nana Addo on his promise of launching a “clean Ghana initiative” that would make the country the cleanest within the West African sub region.  

Others also said his intention to strengthen institutions like the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to fight corruption was very commendable.  

Many also said they were impressed that for the first time the four declared some of their assets after they outlined their visions in curbing corruption in all sectors of the economy.

The general impression was that the event would be characterized by violence, but there was no sign of tension at the programme which was moderated by Prof. Ivan Addae Mensah, former vice chancellor of the University of Ghana and Joy FM reporter Israel Laryea.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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