E.K. Demordzi, the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency stood alone on Saturday as other participants boycotted a scheduled parliamentary debate.
The debate, organised by the Ga South Municipal Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), was to educate the electorate on the policies of the five parliamentary candidates in the constituency.
Explaining the non-participation of the four parliamentary candidates, Ben Tetteh, the Ga South NCCE Municipal Director, said in an interview that the commission had prior to the event held an interparty dialogue meeting where all the candidates agreed to participate in the debate.
The commission, he said, also sent official letters formally inviting them to the event and with the exception of the Convention People’s Party, all the other candidates agreed to attend.
He said the CPP candidate excused himself because his party was launching its manifesto on the same day.
He said the New Patriotic Party candidate called shortly before the event was to start to inform them that he could not attend the event.
The candidates of the Democratic People’s Party and Progressive People’s Party, he said, failed to show up without any notification.
The Director expressed disappointment on the turn of events, explaining that the presence of the candidates would have made the event more exciting and a success.
Mr Tetteh, however, said the absence of the candidates did not totally ruin the event as the NDC candidate answered prudent questions that were of interest to the constituents.
“The moderators asked questions that touched on socio-economic and political issues which were of public relevance,” he said.
The questions centered on education, employment, agriculture, health and security.
Mr. Demordzi was unhappy at the turn of events saying, “The constituents wanted to know who had an in-depth understanding of national issues and the problems facing them”.