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General News of Monday, 27 March 2017

Source: Peace FM

GJA presidential candidates’ debate slated for March 28

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in partnership with the Elections Committee of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) would on Tuesday, March 28, host candidates contesting the various positions in the Association at a public forum in Accra.

A statement issued by the MFWA and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the forum would feature a debate among candidates contesting the presidential slot.

It said candidates contesting the other positions would also be presented an opportunity to speak to the electorate.

It noted that the presidential debate which would be chaired by Nana Kwasi-Gyan Apenteng, Chairman of the National Media Commission, would offer a platform for the aspirants to share with the electorate their policies, plans and vision for promoting professional journalism and the welfare of media professionals in Ghana.

The statement noted that the event would also offer the opportunity to the electorate to quiz aspirants on their proposed plans for the Association and other pertinent issues confronting the media in Ghana.

It said the forum would bring together media experts and practitioners, the diplomatic community, academia and civil society organisations and would be held at the International Press Centre in Accra at 1400 hours.

The statement said the MFWA was supporting this event because it was important for the competing candidates to clearly articulate their visions and plans and be interrogated on them.

‘‘We see this presidential debate as a crucial moment where the electorate would have the opportunity to scrutinise the policies of all the contestants in order to make informed choices come the Election Day,’’ said Abigail Larbi, the Programme Manager, MFWA.

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