The presidential campaign has resumed in Ghana, following a seven-day national mourning ceremony in honor of former President Jerry Rawlings. But due to the Covid pandemic, few meetings take place in the capital. On Sunday, therefore, the ruling party NPP held a virtual meeting that spectators could follow via a live Facebook.
as reported from Accra, Marine Jeannin
Music, speeches, slogans in honor of the outgoing president, Nana Akufo-Addo: you would think you attended a meeting like everyone else. With one detail: the speakers parading at the microphone speak in front of an empty room.
Because this meeting with the New Patriotic Party, virtually, is broadcast live on social networks. This Sunday afternoon, it is therefore from home that supporters of the presidential party could participate in a three-hour Facebook Live.
Despite more than an hour delay and many connection problems, more than 20,000 spectators attended. It was the second virtual meeting of the NPP since the presidential campaign began.
Due to the coronavirus, meetings are generally forbidden in the capital. But the epidemic does not prevent candidates from crossing the country and causing massive rallies where health measures are rarely respected. Nana Akufo-Addo is touring the Volta region in the east, while her rival John Mahama, from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is in the Ashanti region in the center of the country.
Health services have already warned that the presidential campaign could play an important role in the other wave of Covid-19.