The inspector general of police, COP John Kudalor, recently mooted the idea of banning social media on election day in order to, according to him, safeguard the peace and stability of 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,” COP Kudalor said.
But the plan was met with resonant rejection by members of the public, some of whom threatened to hit the streets, should such a ban come into force.
Today, YEN.com.gh lists fives ways social media can be beneficial before, during and after the 2016 elections:
1. It will benefit ordinary Ghanaians
Ghanaians will use social media to follow updates on the elections. It will also be used to monitor the polls to ensure that it is free, fair and transparent.
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2. It will benefit the Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission has set up verified social media pages, with which it is updating the public on its activities.
3. It will benefit the media
The media today relies heavily on social media for news. They also use social media platforms to disseminate information to members of the public.
4. It will benefit political parties
There are millions of Ghanaians on social media and political parties target them with their messages ahead of the election.
5. It will benefit the world
Foreigners and Ghanaian abroad can track Ghana's elections on social media. The same applies to international observers and foreign news organisations.
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