The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will not allow the Ghana Police to go ahead with its intended decision to block all social media platforms on Election Day.
The Inspector General of Police John Kudalor has said that the Ghana Police Service is considering blocking social media platforms on November 7 to ensure peace prevails during the elections.
“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,” IGP John Kudalor told the media Thursday.
“We are also thinking about the other alternative, that the police should be IT compliant and get our own social media [account] to be able to stop these things on time,” Kudalor added. “We are looking at the variables and come D-Day, we’ll come out with a decision.”
However, in response to Mr John Kudalor’s comment, Communications Director of the NPP Nana Akomea said the move will not only cause chaos but will affect transmission of information as well as operations of the traditional media since they rely heavily on social media platforms for any story ideas.
“Will the police go ahead and ban radio stations who are seen as making unsavory comments after they ban all social media platforms too? How can the IGP even think of making such a statement? In fact, we in NPP won’t allow IGP to block social media platforms” he declared.
Nana Akomea advised the police to rather put mechanisms in place to make a routine check on social media and traditional media instead of blocking those platforms.
“Instead of you (police) wasting your time blocking all social media platforms, I think the best thing to do is to put mechanisms in place to do a check on those who are ready to cause chaos else it won’t work” he insisted.