Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

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Some countries in Africa have developed a routine habit of blocking social media platforms before, during and after elections citing “security concerns”.

During the recent elections held in Uganda, for example, the government ordered telecommunication companies to block access to popular social media platforms. Social media platforms were also blocked ahead of Ugandan President Museveni's inauguration.

Uganda and Nigeria are two countries that have recently indicated their intentions to impose stricter controls over social media, and Ghana, it appears, may be joining them.
‘We are thinking about it’

In Ghana, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, has hinted Ghanaian authorities might consider shutting down social media platforms during elections due to take place on November 7.

The IGP emphasised that the potential shutdown of social media platforms during elections is based on the fact that some people abuse the space during voting.

There have been complaints that social media users spread misinformation and rumours about violations and violence at polling stations on election day.
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Source: Global Voices Online 28 May 2016