Penplusbytes Launches 2012 Elections In Pictures”

The International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes), under its “Enabling Peaceful Transparent and Credible Elections in Ghana Using New Media Project, has launched a book on “The Ghana Elections 2012 in Pictures”. The Book, which contains events of the 2012 elections, chronicles key memorable events and captivating moments that enlivened the otherwise calm country, spanning the period before, during and after the elections and emanates from the African Elections Project (AEP) that was manned by Penplusbytes, a statement in Accra copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mr Jerry Sam, Project Director of AEP said. ‘Ghana Elections 2012 In Pictures’ takes readers through colourful snapshots, right from the political campaign trails, tours and rallies of the various political parties, through activities on the actual voting day to the closing moments of the whole electoral exercise. With the link to the site as (, the Book’s spotlight also shines on all the leading contenders in the 2012 Ghana elections as well as some of the high profile politicians belonging to the various political parties, who were captured exercising their ballots. The official results by the Electoral Commission (EC), key facts and figures about the polls, Basic Regional Electoral Statistics, some parliamentary candidates, the work of the various stakeholders such as election observers, civil society organisations (CSOs), journalists, security agencies, and the electoral commission, as well as front pages of newspaper coverage of the elections were also captured in the picture book. The outcome of the 2012 Ghana presidential election, which was contested in the Supreme Court of Ghana by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court upholding the declaration of John Dramani Mahama by the EC as the validly elected president was all documented by the book. “The Ghana Elections 2012 in Pictures is a good read, helping readers to instantly connect to memories that characterised the general elections – both humorous moments that relaxed the country and tense moments that filled the atmosphere with an uneasy sense of foreboding. The statement said, “a picture says a thousand words, and the beautiful collection of pictures in this book is intended to summarily tell the story of the 2012 general elections in Ghana visually, and serve as reference document for happenings around the elections”. The AEP, established in 2008 by the Penplusbytes, is one of the continent’s most authoritative elections information centre, committed to particularly ensuring peaceful and successful elections on the African continent. The AEP has successfully covered elections in many African countries including Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Ghana and Togo. Other countries that the AEP has also successfully covered are Cote D’Ivoire, Niger, Mauritania, Malawi and Guinea. In 2010, The African Elections Project was selected as an innovative project in a World Bank Innovation Fair held in South Africa.