Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Because Accountability Counts – A Journalist guide for covering post-elections

Because Accountability Counts – A Journalist guide for covering post-elections in Ghana is one of the key building blocks for Ghana Post-elections Intervention Project whose main objective is to help overcome the challenges and problems affecting citizens’ ability to hold elected representatives accountable for promises they make during pre-election campaigns. The guide’s main objective is to empower journalists and other stakeholders
with an information and knowledge resource for playing the watch and guide dog role in holding elected officers accountable. It provides an overview of post-elections landscape of Ghana, covering governance, legislative issues, political parties and their manifestoes,ruling party, opposition and governing after an election and provides guides for covering:
1. Parliament, Political Parties, Ruling Government (mapping campaign promises
& manifesto), Opposition and Key Governance Issues
2. Investigative journalism and post-elections coverage
3. ICTs and Covering Post-Elections
4. Covering Budget and Extractive Industries and
5. Lessons to be learned from the post 2007 election crisis in Kenya

Download a copy of the the guide here

Monday, November 22, 2010

Launch of Because Accountability Counts - A Journalist guide for covering post elections in Ghana and Ghana Post Elections Project

Time : Wednesday 1st of December, 2010
@ Ghana Journalists Association - Press Center,Accra Ghana
For the launch of
-Ghana Post Elections Project and Online Coverage of parliament
-A new publication - Because Accountability Counts - A Journalist guide for covering post elections in Ghana
Time : 12.00pm. prompt

The project seeks to overcome the challenges and problems affecting citizen's ability to hold elected representatives accountable for promises made during elections by matching the ruling government's action and inaction against their manifesto and campaign promises.
If you are in Accra, Ghana and able to join us for this launch send a mail to ghana@africanelections.org or call 0302 2234015 / Mob: 0241995737

You can connect with the project via

1. SMS send AEP to 1957 across all networks in Ghana
2. From outside Ghana Send AEP to +447537401839
3. follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/ghanaelections (regular tweets from parliament)
4. Join us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117355568298287

Project Partners

1. Open Society Initiative for West Africa www.osiwa.org

2. African Elections Project www.africanelections.org covering elections on the continent using new media ( a project of www.penplusbytes.org)

3. Ghana Journalists Association

4. The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)http://www.cddghana.org/

5. African University College of Communications http://www.aucc.edu.gh/


7. Edge Cube

Monday, August 23, 2010

Post election monitoring project takes off in Kumasi

A post-election monitoring project, aimed at holding politicians and government accountable to their manifestos and promises, has been launched in Kumasi.

Dubbed "Ghana's post elections intervention project", it seeks to set up mechanisms that will provide up-to-date information and well-designed indications to assist in tracking the performance of politicians and governments, including local governance.

Mr Jeremiah Sam, the Coordinator, who spoke to a section of the media in Kumasi about the project highlights, said it is the local version of a broader one called a "The African election project" and would help to also reduce acrimonious campaign messages.

He said the setting up of the project was informed by the lack of interest of the African electorate in the post election performance of government, a situation borne out of ignorance on the part of the electorate of their duty in the democratic process to ensure that government carry through their manifestos and their development plans when voted into power.

"The role of the electorate in the democratic process, which has been reduced to only voting during election needs to change to enhance citizens concerns to make uniformed choices" he added.

Source: GNA

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ghana Elections Coverage

We are launching in June 2010, Ghana Post Elections Coverage meanwhile, Stay with www.africanelections.org for elections coverage in African

follow us at http://twitter.com/Africanelection for regular updates

our facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117355568298287

our blog is at http://africanelections.blogspot.com/

African Elections Project is a project of penplusbytes