The Election Command Centre train powered by 3FM to help parliamentary candidates and the electorate in the various constituencies across the country position themselves for the forthcoming general elections stops at the Ablekuma North Constituency today, Friday August 26, 2016.
The programme provides a platform first of all for candidates to justify themselves for their parliamentary seats while the electorates are able to use it gauge which candidate to vote for on December 7.
It is the second in a series after a highly successful debut in the Klottey Korley Constituency two weeks ago. That debate featured all the seven candidates namely Philip Addison of the New Patriotic Party, Joshua Opare Addo of the Convention People’s Party and Madam Eva Lokko of the Progressive People’s Party. The rest were Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Congress, Nii Noi Nortey, Independent Candidate and Joshua Rockson of the Great Consolidate People’s Party.
According to the organizers of the programme, it is a great platform for candidates to sharpen their skills and package their messages for their own campaign sessions going into the elections, while the constituents take the opportunity to size them up to enable them make the necessary choice.
“The programme is in two sections. The first is a discussion at the constituency level, while the second is the crux of the event, the Debate, which pitches ideas from the five candidates.
“We hope to have a lively session. In brief interactions with the candidates, they showed enthusiasm and interest for the opportunity,” Gideon Sackitey, Producer of the programme stated.
According to 3FM Programmes Manager, Lois Kissiedu, “the Constituency Debates across selected constituencies are an expression of the Station’s lead position as the Election Command Centre, culminating in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in December”.
She explained that it was a means to make clear the messages of candidates and help voters make a decision based on sound, plausible and do-able perspectives.
“More often than not candidates are mistaken for development agents, but we all know that they are legislators. But they should be able to devise a near-perfect solution to create a system that is able to, on one hand engineer legislation that brings development to the people and establish strong link with the district assemblies on the other,” she added.