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We have established a convention in Ghana under the Fourth Republican democratic dispensation where the Institute of Economic Affairs provides the platform for presidential aspirants to engage in a debate during which their respective policy alternatives are put under the microscope by a panel of moderators. This programme is often held in three phases at different locations of the country, with emphasis on specific areas of the economy.

We have all been following the ongoing electioneering campaign between the Republicans and Democrats in America. The debates have been heated and uncompromising in all aspects. While the good people of America expect the candidates to address specific needs bordering on their socioeconomic welfare, the focus has often been about private affairs of the candidates. And rather strangely, the candidates themselves do not seem to be helping matters since they are clearly swimming along this tide of totally needless altercations.

President John Dramani Mahama seems to be enjoying embarrassing himself of late. That is why in his desperate attempt to take on the New Patriotic Party, especially vice presidential candidate of the party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, he has ended up behaving like a typical NDC foot soldier or serial caller.

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