6 December 2012

Ghana Election 2012 - Social Media Users Defy Campaign Ban

Ghana has extended voting in its presidential election into a second day, officials said, after technical problems prevented thousands of people in ... ( Resource: Ghana Extends Voting After Technical Glitch )

Following the ban on active political campaigning in Ghana 24 hours to general elections as prescribed by the political parties regulations, politicians in and outside the country who are also active users of social media have moved the campaign onto the various social media platforms.

Campaign adverts on radio and television have ceased since midnight Wednesday in keeping with the regulation.

But the arguments have been on since morning with users of Facebook, Twitter, Wassap and LinkedIn, among others posting comments to advance their political agenda. It has been more of who is who on social media and who can best sell the message.

While some claim to have conducted their own polls and are hyping their supposed winners, others are issuing messages of peace as the nation approaches the major political landmark tomorrow.

Below are some of the interesting postings making the rounds on social media on the eve of Ghana's elections.

"No verification, no vote..... I hope the machines will not be programmed to refuse to verify most voters in NPP dominated areas ..........Kwadwo Afari Djan owes Ghana a duty to ensure that the peace in Ghana is not disturbed !!!"

"If you know any NDC person who needs to travel out of Accra to vote but is having transportation problems, kindly direct him or her to the NDC HQ at kokomlemle. Buses are there leaving for all parts of the country right now. EVERY VOTE MATTER'S...JM NEEDS IT.'

"If I give u a school uniform today, I have not given u anything bcos it wnt last for a year..if I give u a laptop I haven't given u anything bcos it wnt last for 10yrs..but if I give u a lasting legacy like free SHS..I have given u something u n ur children's children can benefit from..Vote for Nana Addo n the NPP n lets move Ghana 4ward..Ghana deserves better.."

Some are also giving peace messages ahead of the elections

The Major political parties and some of their executives are not left out of the social media frenzy.

NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wrote: "Fellow Ghanaians, as we head to the polls tomorrow, I am asking you to vote for me and the NPP Parliamentary Candidates. I pledge that my team and I will deliver on our promises."

President John Dramani Mahama wrote: "Good morning my brothers and sisters. We are 24 hours away from the start of voting. I take this opportunity to thank you as one of the over 124,000 friends I have here. Let's continue to Work For A Better Ghana."

Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa wrote: "Finally, the time for the sovereign people to speak has come. JM all the way and God bless the people of North Tongu. Long live Ghana.

Alan Kyeremanten of the NPP wrote: "If you're a fun of 'Alan Cash' and believe in my abilities, then I urge you to massively Vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo because his vision to transform the economy is timely. Let's all join hands and build a prosperous nation under an Akufo-Addo presidency. Above all, let's make this election Peaceful. God Bless..."

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