The attention of the leadership of the NPP has been drawn to a publication on the ‘Graphic’ and other news portals in the course of the week that the NCCE is scheduled to organize three (3) presidential debates ahead of the 2020 general elections. The NCCE was reported to have made this disclosure through the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs Joyce Afutu, in a media interaction.
The party, having taken notice of this publication, wishes to respond by, first of all, stating emphatically and for the records that the NPP is completely UNAWARE of the claims by the NCCE, and therefore cannot be said to be a party to any such arrangements.
The NCCE has, at no point, engaged the NPP and its leadership in any conversation regarding the Commission’s intention to organize any debates involving the party’s presidential candidate in the buildup to election 2020. The NPP has also not made any solicitation to the NCCE to this effect.
It is therefore surprising and mindboggling that the NCCE, not having had any prior engagements with the party on the matter, would go ahead to announce to the world that it had scheduled to hold three presidential debates in the months of September, October, and December among all the presidential candidates.
Beyond the fact that the NCCE’s action is in clear breach of courtesy and standard practice, the Commission also has absolutely no inkling of the NPP’s calendar of activities for the party’s 2020 electioneering campaign.
In the light of the foregoing, the NPP categorically dissociates itself from the purported ‘presidential debates schedules’ unilaterally announced by the NCCE, and appeals to the Commission not to include the NPP in these arrangements unless and until the party so permits.