The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Rev. Dr. Mensah Otabil, and the former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short, and a host of other prominent Ghanaians have been selected to oversee the conduct of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ (IEA) Presidential Debate, ahead of the 2012 general elections.
Rev. Dr. Otabil, who is the Chairman of the Committee, and other members of the Committee, including Professor Ivan Addae Mensah, Chairman, Petroleum Commission, Professor Stephen Adei, Professor of Economics, Pentecost University, Ambassador Kabral Blay Amihere, Chairman of the National Media Commission, and Ameer Dr. Maulvi Wahab Adam, Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, would have the mandate to grill the presidential candidates of the four political parties with representation in Parliament.
Dr. Rose Mensah Kutin, Executive Director of ABANTU for Development, Mr. Kofi Asamoah, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Mr. Tony Oteng Gyasi, Managing Director of Tropical Cable, and Mrs. Jean Mensa, Executive Director of the IEA, are additional members of the committee that was inaugurated in Accra, yesterday.
The committee further has the mandate to review questions that would be collated from different organisations, select and approve questions for the debates, shortlist moderators for selection and approval by the campaign teams of the political parties, and review and approve the format and guidelines for the presidential debates.