Thursday, December 2, 2010


The international institute of Information  and Communication Technology, Penplusbytes yesterday  launched its Post –elections intervention  project , aimed  at overcoming  the challenges  and problems  which militate  against  citizens and the media's  ability to hold  elected public  officials  accountable  for promises they  make  during  elections  in the country.

The project is part of the broader African Elections Project, established  in the year 2008. It began  in March  this year  and it is  expected  to end in March 2011.

According  to Dr. Kwabena Riverson, the Chairman of the  Board of Directors  for Penplusbytes, the project  also  seeks  to provide  easy  and accessible  information  on political  promises and development plans  of elected  representative  to the  public , create  citizens  awareness on development  issues  and reduce  acrimonious  campaign  messages which  urging them  to focus on development issues .For this reason ,Penplusbytes mentioned  the Accra  Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and  the Tarkwa Nsuaem  Municipal  Assembly  as the two geographic  areas for  the pilot study  of  this project.

The project  activities  would  include developing  a media  guide  for  Journalists , organize  Face to Face fora , establishing  online  space for  debate  and Knowledge sharing , and live  reports  from  parliament, and many more.The selected assemblies, he added, would  enable  the project  to track  records  of  local government  and political  performance towards the development agenda  of the  nation.

Dr. Riverson  explained  that  the  project  uses various  sources of information, including  the President 's  Sessional address, Budget statements, Parliamentary  question time , statements  by the  developmental issues promised  by the media , to  track  the development issues  promised by  the elected officials  during  any  given  electioneering  campaign  period. Others  are statements and publications by the World Bank  and the International Monetary  Fund (IMF), while  gathering  other  information  from research  officers  on the field .

This  project is  being  undertaken  by a coalition  of Civil  Society Organization   like  the  Ghana Journalists Association , Centre for Democratic  Congress, the African University College of Communications , and sponsored by  the open Society Initiative  for West Africa (OSIWA)

A  book  on how Journalists  would  cover  post-elections  in the  country  was  also  unveiled. It is titled -Because Accountability Counts : A Journalist's guide to post-elections in Ghana.''

It has an overview of the country's post-elections periods, governance, legislative issues, political  parties  and  their manifestos, et al.


source : Chronicle Issue 233 December 2, 2010

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