Saturday, October 11, 2008

EC Ghana To speed Up "overseas"results

The Electoral Commission is to install communication gadgets in areas in the country described as "overseas", to ensure that the election results in those areas are released on time.

The "Overseas" areas are scattered settler communities in parts of the three northern regions, as well as the Eastern and western regions.

They are described as "oversea communities" because of their inaccessibility particularly during the rainy season.
Hubert Akomea, Director of information Technology, speaking at a two day PenPlusBytes/OSIWA/GJA workshop on Election coverage using ICT," IN Accra yesterday, said the EC had identified 60 such areas where it would install communication gadgets to get the results released on time.
The workshop was aimed at equipping media practitioners with the necessary ICT skills in their coverage of the December poll to ensure accurate information flow.

Mr. Akomea said with the prompt receipt of the results from those areas, the EC should be able to release the results within 48 hours.
He said in addition to the radio and satellite communication gadgets, the rest of the country would as usual, continue to use the faxes and ICT equipment already in place.

"We are using this dual transmission so that when one is down the other serves as a back-up," he explained.
Mr. Akomea said the EC was consulting with some private companies to mount electronic bill boards to transmit the results digitally from the nine regional capitals, outside Accra.

Ghanaian Times/

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