December 17, 2021
By Kweku Nelson
The Chairman of National Political Debates Committee (NPDC), who doubles as President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has stated during the unveiling of the Debate Plan for 2022 that, the National Political Debate in 2022 will deepen democracy and promote the culture of debating among people that aspire for political positions.
Ahmed Sahid Nasralla noted that democracy involves participation and it is on that benchmark that NPDC wanted to create the space for every political party to participate, so that society will make informed voting decisions not based on party sentiments but on issues and stances of the political party.
“Unlike the 2018 national Debate in which 7 parties participated, 17 political parties will participate in this year’s debate,” he confirmed.
He disclosed that at the 2022 Debate, the moderators will give party representatives ample time to present their party positions of emerging national issues.
The Chairman stated that from their presentations, moderators will ask questions that reflects the interest of society. Executive Director of Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities in Sierra Leone (CCYA), Abigail Stevens emphasized that the emerging issues, which will be debated on, will prepare the minds of the most marginalized (youth, persons with disabilities and women) to vote their conscience