But Jean Mensah says the IEA remains neutral adding that the organisation has received communication from the presidency indicating President Mahama's willingness to participate in this year's exercise.
President John Dramani has on two occasions challenged the NPP flagbearer to a presidential debate.
The NPP has meanwhile declined the invitation citing the NDC's earlier position that it was not ready to participate in any event organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs.
But Executive Director of the IEA insists both presidential candidates together with the candidates of the Convenion Peoples Party and the Peoples National Convention will be participating in a presidential debate at the Radash Hotel in Tamale on Tuesday, November 8.
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