Ghana’s Electoral Commission launches mobile app for real-time results
The Electoral Commission (EC) has launched an app for voters to have real-time access to officially certified results of the 7 December polls.
In addition to broadcasting the results collation process live on television, and publishing the results on the commission’s website, the EC will give the public real-time access to the officially declared results.
The mobile app (ThumbsApp) will be available on the android and IOS platforms for download.
Earlier this year, they activated a code for registered voters to check their registration details on their mobile phones.
Ghana’s youth population is growing rapidly and the upcoming elections provides a window for the electoral commission to adequately engage young voters.
Following the successful debut of creative tools to engage voters in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, Facebook is teaming up with Ghana’s Electoral commission to deploy the “I Voted” button for their users who make up 13% of the country’s population, to share their experience at the polls on election day.
66% of citizens in Ghana have voted in elections since independence and it’s the EC’s hope that these technologies can help increase participation of voters in the process.