The coalition of Democratic Election Observers (CODEO) as part of efforts to project issue-related campaigns, has organized a parliamentary debate for parliamentary candidates in the Sekyere Afram Plains.
This is in collaboration with Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and Citi FM.
This is the third parliamentary debate, organized in the Ashanti region. The debates have been held in Bekwai and Obuasi East constituencies.
The seat of Member of Parliament for the Sekyere Afram Plains is being keenly contested by Joseph Gyamfi Owusu, Peter Marfo and Alex Adomako, the incumbent, on the ticket of NPP, GCPP and the NDC respectively.
The debate saw Joseph Gyamfi Owusu and Peter Marfo debating on issues affecting people in the Sekyere Afram Plains constituency.
The debate covered wide-ranging sectors including local governance, youth unemployment, sanitation, gender, peace and security and Oil and Gas.
Both aspirants promised to implement the Disability law by ensuring accessibility to public and private facilities includimh hotels, churches, schools and buses
in the Sekyere Afram Constituency.
Both aspirants promised to recycle waste generated by indigenes to improve sanitation.
Joseph Gyamfi Owusu said, women though need to be empowered to take up key positions and to go into agriculture, also have to be supported in areas of their interest. He added that women need to be given farm implements and the best of seeds for their crops.
Peter Marfo noted that women in agriculture should be given flexible loans to motivate them.
CODEO is organizing parliamentary debates across the country in selected constituencies on the theme “Election 2016: Promoting issue based debate and post-election accountability at the constituency level.”
The parliamentary debate seeks to ease the growing tension in the build up to the 2016 elections by streamlining campaign messages of political aspirants to focus on pertinent policy issues affecting the vulnerable groups in the 60 purposive selected constituencies, out of which 6 are in the Ashanti region.