We won’t shut down social media on Election Day – Mahama assures

President John Dramani Mahama has assured that Social Media won’t be shut down on Election Day.

Speaking at the campaign launch of the National Democratic Congress in Cape Coast, the Central regional capital, President Mahama said contrary to reports Social Media won’t be shut down.

“I want to assure the people of Ghana that government has no intention to shut down social media on Election Day,” President Mahama said to thousands of supporters gathered at the Cape-Coast stadium.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor had earlier indicated his intention to ban social media on Election Day if need be.

IGP Kudalor in his earlier comment indicated that “At one stage I was even saying that if it becomes critical on the eve and the Election Day we shall block all social media as other countries have done. So we are thinking about it.”

He was heavily criticized for his comments by Ghanaians with several institutions calling on the IGP not to ban Social Media on Election Day since it will amount to a gag on democracy and free speech.

Despite the criticisms, the IGP reiterated that blocking social media is unavoidable if it will mar the elections.

President Mahama also used his speech to attack the opposition New Patriotic Party describing it as an intolerable organization that is not open to criticisms from members of the party.

He also urged members of the NPP to stop the unnecessary attacks on the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs. Charlotte Osei.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kobina Welsing

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