Incessant noise, name calling and hooting characterized the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) parliamentary candidates’ debate at Bole in the Bole District on Wednesday, 25th November, 2020.
Supporters of the two main political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) defied cautions from the moderators and cheered their candidates whilst jeering their opponent while responding to questions.
The debate organised at the Pentecost Church drew more than 100 supporters from both parties, featured the incumbent Member of Parliament Hon.Yusif Sulemana (Ori) of the NDC and Hon. David Sei Demah of the NPP.
The supporters in party paraphernalia were boisterous throughout the session, which compelled the moderators to halt the debate intermittently for sanity to avail.
About 30 minutes into the debate, chiefs and some opinion leaders invited to witness the event left in frustration due to the unruly behaviour of the supporters.
The unruliness reached a crescendo, which forced the NCCE to abruptly end the debate.
The candidates earlier took turns to answer questions pertinent to the electorate in the constituency ranging from education to health.
Hon. David indicated that if he is voted for as the Member of Parliament, he would take it upon himself to ensure that health workers in the constituency are motivated with allowances if they accept postings to rural communities in the constituency to improve upon the health needs of the constituents.
Hon. Yusif on the other hand centred his discussion on given decent accomadation to health workers who are posted to rural communities in the constituency.
He indicated that decent accomadation will improve the well-being of health workers and hence health workers would be motivated to stay at deprived communities to offer health delivery services to the rural folks.
The aim of debate by the Bole District NCCE under the leadership of Mr. Stephen Ebo Koomson was to create a platform for the aspiring parliamentary candidates to enable them solicit commitments from people.
This would ensure peaceful and non-violent elections and prepare the minds of the constituents based on a number of issues.
The debate was to be centred on education, health and employment.
The NCCE says it was necessary that constituents as well as Ghanaians ensure that they vote on December 7, having in mind these key sectors and vote for a political party that is most committed and have effective plans to address those problems.