Government is cautioning the Ghanaian media and voters in the December 7, 2020 general election to expect a lot of fake news in the final week ahead of the election.
Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who has recently been warning about the increased fake news, said that there is credible information of impending fake and doctored audios, documents and videos by unscrupulous individuals and groups including the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
This is aimed at confusing the Ghanaian public ahead of the polls.
“We are aware of materials that have been produced locally and internationally to be churned out this week in a final desperate attempt to create panic and insecurity as well in the days ahead of the election.
“It is all because some elements have realised their campaigns for the election have flopped and seek to revert to the politics of scandal fabrication with a hope to attack the credibility of front-runner candidates,” he stated.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah has therefore appealed to the Ghanaian media to be exceptionally circumspect in the final week and not just give any bare allegation airtime and print space.
“If you do so, you will end up being pawns in the hands of local and international elements that want to negatively affect Ghana’s democracy and elections,” he pointed out.
In a related matter the Information Minister expressed disappointment that the Former President, John Mahama has chosen to attack state security agencies with mere allegations and no evidence just with the hope of whipping up anti-government sentiments.
Mr Mahama recently accused the National security apparatus of being responsible for the criminal activities of supposed secessionists in the Volta region.
“For a former commander in chief to so desperately stoop this low and attack the security agencies without providing any evidence is so disappointing. If he has any credible evidence to back his claims, the responsible thing to do is to put this out and not just merely mouth suspicions”, he maintained.
The Information Minister also warned miscreants who are being recruited to attack planned walks and demonstrations this week, to be wary as the country’s security agencies had been already alerted and would deal ruthlessly with such persons.