New Project “Ghana Decides” Uses Social Media to Promote Voter Registration

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In lieu of the upcoming general elections this December in Ghana, a new project called “Ghana Decides” was launched on March 24th with the aim of “[fostering] a better informed electorate for free, fair and safe 2012 Elections using online social media tools.”  The project is being conducted by GhanaBlogging, which is a site for people who blog about the country both inside and outside of it.

The African nation is investing $45 million to impose a new system of voting which involves the use of citizens’ fingerprints to ascertain identity.  Social media is being used to promote voter registration by tweeting about people who have already registered by using hashtags like #iRegistered and #GhanaDecides.  Additionally, videos have been posted to youtube portraying citizens going through the registration process.  Voter registration is currently in action and will continue until May 5th.

For more information on Ghana’s new voter registration system, visit mashable.com.

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Hello, my name is Madie. I'm a born and raised Norfolkian, took the popular public school route, (Larchmont Elementary , Blair Middle, Maury High) and am currently finishing up my Second year at the University of Virginia. In Charlottesville I am involved in many media extracurricular activities including writing for the Arts and Entertainment section of UVa's Cavalier Daily and a morning news broadcaster on one of the area's most popular radio stations, 92.7 KISS FM. I am currently majoring in French and Economics at the University and minoring in Media Studies. I love learning about the happenings of new technologies as well as new music. I think it's incredibly important that we all keep up to date with the rapid developments of the technological world so as not to find ourselves lost in the dust. But if you're not into searching the tech sections of news sites and other sites like Mashable.com and TechCrunch.com, no worries, that's what I'm here for. Just check out my latest "digital trend" and you should be safe. Apart from the music and tech scene, I enjoy running, practicing yoga, cooking French cuisine, and doing whatever else might give me a laugh on any given day!

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