Ghana Elections: NCA urges telcos to ensure excellent QoS

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

As Ghana prepares for its upcoming general elections scheduled for Wednesday 7 December, the National Communications Authority has urged the five active Mobile Network Operators in the country to ensure excellent quality of service for customers on Election Day since they shall be held to the strictest quality of service standards.

It also cautioned content providers on electronic communications networks to desist from creating or spread false information.

This was contained in a joint statement issued by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) to media responsibility in the run up to the 2016 general elections.

Although the statement did not mentioned whether the use of social media would be ban during elections day or not, it appealed to the citizenry to ensure the judicious and responsibly use of social media to promote peace during that critical period. Prior

Earlier, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor had threatened that he may be forced to go the Ugandan way  if social media becomes a tool for misinformation on election day. His comments didn’t go down well with social media enthusiasts and other civil society organizations in the country hence an alternative ways to access some social media platform on election day has been circulating on various social media platform till date should in case the chief security capo do the unthinkable by shutting down access to the digital space.

But information gathered by Biztechafrica from credible sources at the colliders of the National Communications Authority and the National Media reveals series of deliberation among key stakeholders in the upcoming elections and so far there has not been any decision to shut-down social media platforms during and after the elections.

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