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USING THE VIRTUAL PUBLIC SPACE FOR THE 2020 ELECTIONEERING CAMPAIGN

8 July 2020

You are invited to the following Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) event:

Theme: Using the Virtual Public Space for the 2020 Electioneering Campaign

When:Wednesday, 8th July 2020 at 10:00am -12:00pm GMT.

Where:  Please click here to register

The link for the virtual forum will be shared prior to the meeting.

Background

Like other countries, Ghana has been adversely affected by COVID 19. The country recorded its first case on 13th March 2020 and since then cases have been on the increase, surpassing 17,000 as at 29th June 2020. More distressing is the fact that there is no vaccine for the virus, and it is expected to take over a year for some to be produced. This makes a very complicated case and the health of the population has to be prioritized and protected. The government has subsequently imposed limited restrictions on all forms of public gathering. 

Meanwhile Ghana’s eighth presidential and parliamentary elections is scheduled to take place in December 2020, about five months away. Under the current COVID-19 conditions, it is likely that campaigning through large political rallies will shift to campaigning through the use of virtual media; radio, TV, webinars, and social media. Political parties and election candidates will now rely extensively on electronic media; both traditional and social media to carry their messages across to the voting public.

Against this backdrop, the main of objective of the virtual forum is to promote responsible virtual election campaigning towards achieving peaceful elections with credible outcomes in the face of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. The draft concept note, and agenda of the event are attached.

Please do not hesitate to email us info@ideg.org if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!



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