IMANI Center for Policy and Education is at the forefront of civil organizations engaging political parties and electorates ahead of Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections in December 2020. It recently conducted a study assessing the commitments of the country’s two main political parties towards child responsive inclusive growth and other key policy issues leading up to the polls.
On Wednesday, August 19, IMANI met with Ghanaian Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia, who received the IMANI team on behalf of the ruling New Patriotic Party. IMANI’s discussion with the presidency centered around manifestos and how carefully targeted social programs can be beneficial to children. The meeting was generally fruitful, and Vice-President Bawumia stated profoundly, that ‘good ideas’ like those shared by IMANI, ‘do not expire.’
Earlier on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the IMANI team met the manifesto committee of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress. Ensuing conversations centered on the effective promotion of social protection strategies and how to maximize investments and ensure the best outcomes for the people of Ghana.
IMANI also recently collaborated with one of Ghana’s most respected television stations, Joy News, in organizing a presidential debate for minority opposition political parties and independent candidates. The debate was held on August 13, 2020, and six presidential candidates participated: Marricke Kofi Gane, Kofi Koranteng, Samuel Ofori Ampofo, Carl Ebo Morgan, Dr. Tom Asiseh, and Onipayede Osson Teye.
The December 7 general elections would be the country’s sixth in the twenty-first century, and perhaps the most consequential in recent years as the West African country battles a pandemic while dealing with the pressure to maintain a flourishing economy.
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