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We don't have the resources to monitor 2020 elections- NMC

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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The National Media Commission, NMC says they do not have the resources and capacity to be able to monitor the 2020 elections.

Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee on Friday, September 11, 2020, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, George Sarpong said the Commission currently does not have the required technological support to track real-time intemperate language on the airwaves.

According to him, the commission is now finalising a new system for monitoring.

“We do not have the resources and the capacity to be able to monitor election 2020. So we are working towards alternative approaches to regulating systems that can still help us make some necessary interventions.”

He said work had been completed on a system that enables them to monitor media “broadly and better than we had previously done.”

This system will also have room for citizen contributions.

“We are building an integrated system that enables crowdsourcing and also citizens to input into the process,” Mr. Sarpong said.

The information provided by citizens can be provided from the source because the new system “allows for incidents to be logged and time and location stamped.”

“So, that can also help us address questions of fake news and disinformation,” Mr. Sarpong added.

He noted further that the operations of election observers like the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) could be boosted by this new system.

“It is something that international monitors like CODEO and the rest can also benefit from because you can give them real-time information on what is happening at every polling station.”

The commission’s mandate is to maintain journalistic standards on mass media with investigations, mediation and settlement of complaints made against or by the press or other mass media.