Ghana election

The last world election this year is in Ghana. There are reports that Atta Mills has won, and the NDC will have a slim majority to work with, but I was mostly interested, in looking at the campaigns, with the internet tactics being used. I was in Sierra Leone for a couple of years, and while it's not as developed as Ghana is, it's not that far behind either, but the use of the internet in Ghana's candidates is pretty impressive.

It probably helps that there's been a run-off, as that's something that pushes each side to look for trying something new to gain a competitive advantage -- 'compete everywhere' or 'netroots outreach' or 'internet organizing' -- the use of technology to gain such an advantage is something we've practiced for years here in the US, and other countries are emulating those tactics.

Both candidates, Atta Mills and  Afuko Addo use splash pages to try and collect info from their supporters. Take a look through those internet websites, and you'll see they are pretty well developed. Mills is big on MSM, Addo has a unique user ID page that I could create. The use of Facebook is happening, as well as YouTube, MySpace, and Twitter. I would say this surpasses about half of the US Senate campaign website offerings from the '08 campaign. Here's a couple of snags from their websites.

The Mills site:

The Addo imagery:

That looks inspired a little bit off of Obama, doesn't it?  Speaking of which, check this out:

Yes, that's Netanyau ripping off, in entirety, the Obama website. I missed this when it came out last month, but yea, "the idea of Mr. Netanyahu as the Obama candidate of Israel seems mystifying."

Tags: 2008, Ghana (all tags)



Re: Ghana election


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  I guess when other countries start ripping off our President's website design, they must think we are doing something right (for a change).

by GFORD 2008-12-29 09:16AM | 0 recs
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so Obama 'uniquely' used blue, had rays of light flowing from graphics, coined the phrases hope, i believe etc? to say his site is being ripped-off is really a stretch. all the elements existed before Obama, he just popularised some of them. this seems to make things out to be much bigger than they really are.

is it that slow a news day?

by swissffun 2008-12-29 12:32PM | 0 recs
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I know, it's obviously just a total coincidence!

by Steve M 2008-12-29 01:42PM | 0 recs
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"the idea of Mr. Netanyahu as the Obama candidate of Israel seems mystifying"

to say the least.

by Charles Lemos 2008-12-29 03:07PM | 0 recs

Isn't the last world election this year today's elections in Bangladesh, which were won in a landslide by the center-left Awami League?  Ghana's elections were Sunday.

by lorax 2008-12-29 04:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Bangladesh?

Yes you're right Bangladesh is voting as we speak and the turnout is heavy!

by Charles Lemos 2008-12-29 07:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Bangladesh?

Nice catch, that deserves a follow-up post then!

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-12-30 05:54AM | 0 recs


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