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2016 polls: Social media can plunge Ghana into chaos – Mahama

President John Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has warned that the negative use of social media could plunge the nation into chaos on Election Day.

Addressing leadership of organized labour at the Flagstaff House Tuesday, President Mahama said, stakeholders such as political parties, clergy, and the Peace Council must agree and commit to what he has labelled as a Common Platform where election results will filter in.

President Mahama said the move is the only way the nation can avoid distortion of results on Social Media during the polls.

“One of the things we need to look out for is the current social and the kind of misinformation that is thrown out on social media. Because of the anonymity of social media people just concoct anything, I have been the main target of a lot of these concoctions [which are] absolute falsehood.

“But the threat of national security is that if someone puts false election results on social media that somebody is winning then that party doesn’t win…it could create a major problem for us.

“So working together with all the stakeholders, we should agree what the authentic source of information on the results are and I believe that the labour must take an interest in this…all of us must agree that this is the authentic source of those results and all the parties would have representatives where those results are being fed onto that medium, so we all know that these results are authentic,” President Mahama said.

Meanwhile, the President has faulted the police for Sunday’s clashes between supporters of the NDC and security detail of NPP Presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to the President, the police could have been a bit more proactive in curbing the incident.



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

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