By: King Brown Grand Bassa County Correspondent
Five senatorial candidates of Grand Bassa County on Thursday, November 26, 2020, participated in a debate center around how they will develop the county if elected to the senate.
The debate was organized by the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESPB) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Internews.
Five out of eight candidates including Emmanuel Bravy Deakeay, National Democratic Coalition (NDC) Charles Paul Vah, Rainbow Alliance (RA) Dave Llewellyn Dixon, Independent Candidate, Madam Magdalene Garmondeh Harris, Independent Candidate, and Representative Vicent S.T. Willie, Independent Candidate participated in the debate.
Candidates Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and incumbent senator, Former Foreign Minister Milton Gbehzohngar Findley of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Mr. Anthony Barchue, Independent Candidate (IND) were absent from the debate.
The debate was held on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at the Unification Pavilion on the fairgrounds in Buchanan and broadcast on various community radios across the county.
Issues that were addressed by the five candidates bordered around the economy, the county social development fund, education, security, health, tracking corruption, Agriculture and food security, and among others.
The National Elections Commission qualified eight candidates to contest the December 8, 20202 special midterm senatorial election in Grand Bassa County.
Mr. Malcom W. Joseph, Executive Director of the Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, said the debate provided the opportunity for the candidates to interact with the citizens and what they would do to address those thematic areas if elected.
“We informed all the eight candidates in Grand Bassa County about the debate but three fail to attend without stating any reason while five participated in the debate,” he said.