Following Ghana election news with Pen + Bytes

Pen + Bytes (PPB), the African ICT journalism training organization, has put together a great Ghana Election 2012 website.

The project, a collaboration between PPB, Star Ghana and the African Elections Project, is aggregating news (print, online, radio and television), posting reports and hosting an election incidence map.

The Blogging Ghana group also launched the Ghana Decides project with live updates. Star Ghana and several international agencies are supporting this work.

Watching the election from afar, it seems that Ghana has a few lessons to offer the U.S. Although people were reported to be lining up before dawn to vote and faced long waits to vote in many places, Ghana’s election day is a public holiday, significantly increasing voting opportunities. We’re still waiting for Election Day to be National Holiday.

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