The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that the Ghana police deserve commendation for announcing plans to shut down social media on election day to safeguard peace and security in the country.
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.
The announcement has been condemned by members of the public, including the opposition New Patriotic Party and some civil society organisations.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM on Friday, however, a deputy general Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, said criticisms of the IGP were unjustified.
He said the IGP told stakeholders in the elections that the police were analysing the social media space and that if need be, they would block it on election day in the national interest.
According to him, the police made it clear that no decision had been taken yet in respect of that plan.
He said instead of condemning the police, members of the public must commend the service for opening up the space for discussion of their plan.
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“It would have been worse if just on the eve of election everything was shut down…. let us continue the debate. We will not take any hard and fast position against the Police and start calling them names. We all know there is a downside of social media and there is a history of how social media has been abused,” he said.