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19-Nov-2016  
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Incessant noise, name calling and hooting characterized the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) parliamentary candidates’ debate at Dzodze in the Ketu North District on Wednesday.

     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 while responding to questions.

      The open space debate, which drew more than 800 supporters from both parties, featured the incumbent Dr. James Klutse Avedzi (NDC), former Volta Regional Minister Samuel Kofi Dzamesi (NPP), Sedinam Nyadey, All People’s Congress (APC) and Cynthia Liberty Gbedjeh, Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

     The supporters in party paraphernalia were boisterous throughout the session, which compelled the moderators to halt the debate intermittently for sanity to avail.

     About an hour 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, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), employment and issues relating to Person with Disabilities (PWDs).

     Mr Dzamesi said he would explore the agricultural potentials of the area under the NPP’s one district, one factory policy.

     He noted that the Constituency abounded in palm oil, local rice and other high yielding farm produce, which would feed the factory.

     Dr.Avedzi said he subscribed to the government’s agenda of building Farmers’ Service Centre to build the capacity of farmers for higher yields.

     He said most of the farmers still relied on basic methods of farming and promised to help mechanize farming if voted for.

     The APC candidate, Nyadey said he would ensure that the housing deficit challenging the electorate was addressed.

     Gbedjeh said the PPP government would make funds available to support young entrepreneurs.

       All the candidates pledged to act peacefully before, during and after the polls.
 
 
Source: GNA
 
 

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