The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) say it will prevent the Ghana police service from blocking social media platforms on election day.
The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor stated on Thursday that the service was considering shutting down social media services on November 7 to prevent them from being used to create tension in the country.
“At one stage I said that if it becomes critical on the eve and also on the Election Day, we shall block all social media as other countries have done. We’re thinking about it,” he said.
“We are also thinking about the other alternative that the police should be IT compliant and get our own social media [account] to be able to stop these things on time,” he added.
Commenting on the development, the communications director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, said banning social media would cause chaos and affect the transmission of information as well as operations of the traditional media houses since they rely on social media platforms for stories.
He said social media was not the platform that could be used to create tension, wondering whether the police would ban radio stations as well.
“How can the IGP even think of making such a statement? In fact, we in NPP won’t allow IGP to block social media platforms,” he said.
Mr Akomea called on the police to rather institute mechanisms that will help them identify characters with the potential to create trouble.