Ghanian’s benefiting from the use of social media tools in elections

The Ghana Decides – A BloGh Election 2012 Project been launched tat Windy Lodge, Winneba. Ghana Decides is a BloggingGhana initiative meant to introduce NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, students (especially first time voters), political groups and the general Ghanaian public to the importance and benefit of use of social media tools in elections in Ghana. The projects seeks to engage these bodies and individuals, train them to use these tools as well as provide a reliable platform for elections monitoring in the country.

As most innovative projects such as Ghana Decides are typically based in the nation’s capital, the project team thought it best to launch outside of Accra. The launch which was under the theme Encouraging Informed Youth Participation in the 2012 Elections saw participants from Senior High Schools within Winneba, the local union for the physically challenged in Winneba as well as other physically challenged people, students from University of Education, Winneba, NGOs such as Plan Ghana and the general public.

Speaking at the event, Bernard Avle, Operations Manager of Omni Media and host of the Citi Breakfast Show, urged thee participants to take charge of their votes and their lives. This was a message well hammered on by the Chair of the launch, Nana Ataapim Nyaniba I of Gomoa Mozano.

Questions on the internet and elections were mainly shouldered by the Project Manager of Ghana Decides, Kinna Likimani, who skillfully code-mixed and switched both Fante and English. She explained that the project will introduce first timers to social media tools as well as educate them on conduct during elections.

Participants were once again taken through all the nitty gritty of elections by the Central regional representative of the Electoral Cmmission, with particular focus on biometric voter registration.

The launch marks the official outdooring of a series of Ghana Decides online and offline activities including the iRegistered campaign meant to propel young voters to go out in numbers, register and take videos or pictures of themselves doing so or after registering. Currently, the hashtag #iRegistered is popular with Ghanaians on Twitter.

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