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Canada: MPs to consider creating commission to preside over federal election leadership debates
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Country: Canada Category: Debate Laws and Regulations

A House of Commons committee will begin to study the creation of an independent commission or commissioner to oversee leaders debates during federal election campaigns. For more information, visit

New Zealand: Mark Boyd: Debates put leaders in the spotlight, voters crowd for a look
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Country: New Zealand Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

So the debates are seen as a highlight of the campaign, allowing the voting public to see our potential prime ministers up close and unedited, rather than cut down to five-second sound bites (that's what the average is now) or even shorter and mor

New Zealand: Leaders debates: Very few votes change, but do they still matter?
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Country: New Zealand Category: Research

During every election campaign, the leaders of political parties go toe-to-toe in a series debates. Often, they get to fire off a few zingers at each other. But the debates don't seem to have much impact on voting.

United States: People Who Tweet During Presidential Debates May Learn More About Issues
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Country: United States Category: Research

In a pair of studies, researchers at the University of Missouri’s Political Communication Institute (PCI) found that issue-based tweeting was directly related to acquiring greater knowledge. Additionally, social watching actually helps viewers sol

Kenya: Men like Miguna, Abduba Dida are odd balls: Kenyans prefer the devil they know
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Country: Kenya Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

Common wisdom states that debates rarely sway the audience from their preferred choice but in a country like Kenya, they provide the closest thing to a level playing field for aspirants who lack the clout to enjoy dedicated media coverage. The one

Bermuda: To debate or not to debate – that is the question
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Country: Bermuda Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

Which brings us to Bermuda and the refusal/unwillingness of our leaders to debate. Not only now, but historically. Read more at

Kenya: Boycott of presidential debates not good for democracy, accountability
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Country: Kenya Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

Whatever the case, the debates are important platforms for public determination of the candidates’ understanding of issues, their grasp of policy, and ability to articulate their positions or views on important matters. Read more at

Kenya: Should Uhuru and Raila attend the presidential debate?
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Country: Kenya Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

While it is true the debate may have no impact on the voting pattern, it provides Kenyans with an opportunity to interrogate the two leaders' policies, especially  on emotive issues such as land. This can be done in a conducive environment where c

Kenya: Uhuru and Raila owe Kenyans the Presidential Debate 2017
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Country: Kenya Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

Both statesmen have threatened to boycott the first televised Presidential Debate under the 2010 Constitution, denying the largest number of registered voters in the history of Kenyan electioneering the chance to see them think on their feet and a

Kenya: Impact of presidential debate on voters in August 8 election
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Country: Kenya Category: Pro-Debate Editorials

At the very least, they can provide voters with new information about the candidates. With the presidential race as close as it is between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, we should expect heightened sensitivities and endless speculation abo

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