Penplusbytes is a leading African organization experienced in offering learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring of journalists and media organization in ICT Journalism. For the past 11 years, Penplusbytes has successfully conducted a number of key studies, capacity building programmes and projects on ICTs and journalism.
In 2008 Penplusbytes established the ground breaking African Elections Project with the vision of enhancing the ability of journalists, citizen journalists and the news media to provide more timely and relevant elections information and knowledge while undertaking monitoring of specific and important aspects of governance. African Elections Project uses social media tools and platforms to develop capacity and to monitor the governance process prior to, during and after the election process. The project leverages the free, fair and unbiased media and the crucial role they play in elections such as providing impartial information that do not inflame the passions of the electorate. The rationale behind the project is to take specific steps needed to avert possible crisis in African Elections. African Elections Project (www.africanelections.org) has covered elections in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Togo, Liberia and Niger.
This is the official online portal for the African Elections Project “Enabling Peaceful Transparent and Credible Elections in Ghana Using New Media Project” coordinated by the International Institute for ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) with funding from STAR-Ghana.
This Ghana elections project seeks to improve information and knowledge exchange on elections among the media and civil society using ICTs towards the realisation of peaceful, transparent and credible Ghana 2012 elections.
- To facilitate the work of journalists and civil society organisations to actively use ICT tools in disseminating election information and knowledge thereby increasing citizens awareness on elections issues.
- To facilitate a vibrant online and offline dialogue through the provision of a useful ICT platform for key electoral system actors.
- To engage electoral system actors in ensuring free and fair elections through a one stop shop elections information and knowledge exchange online portal
- To enhance the capacity of the media to play an effective watch dog role for a free and fair elections
- To monitor elections content in the media as an essential early warning system for the prevention of electoral violence
- To generate rigorous, systematic and empirical research data for the evaluation of elections
Over the project lifespan, our outcome will be achieved through the design and the implementation of an ICTs system made up of an elections online platform integrated with SMS, email discussion list, early warning feedback hub mashed-up web 2.0 tools such as twitter, facebook, podcasting, flickr and youtube combined with a face to face interventions. These various platforms will connect citizens’ electoral concerns to security agencies and civil society actors towards an effective collaboration between citizens and security agencies who control and prevent violence.
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