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.