Politics of Sunday, 15 May 2016
A political scientist at the University of Ghana, Dr Alidu Seidu, has observed that many Ghanaians have already made up their minds regarding who they will vote for in the November 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
According to him, debates that will be organised for the presidential and parliamentary aspirants will have a minimal effect on the choices that Ghanaians will make in the elections.
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) have announced their intentions to organise debates and dialogue sessions for the aspirants, but arguments have been made by political observers that the debates over the years have had little or no effects on the outcome of the election results.
Speaking in an interview with a local television station, TV3, on Sunday May 15, Dr Alidu Seidu stated emphatically that “many Ghanaians have already made up their minds” which direction to vote.
He, however, said if eventually the debate and dialogue sessions come off, they should be made to focus on the areas of energy, economy, general security, agriculture, and health.
According to him, these are the most crucial things Ghanaians need.
“As a country I think the presidential debate must focus on employment, energy, economy, general security and then it must focus on agriculture and, then, health,” he emphasised, stressing that “Those things are very crucial.”