Ghana: Political parties asked to stop using kids as campaign props - Africa Feeds

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The Ghanaian based youngster rights promotion gathering, Child Online Africa hosts asked political gatherings in the nation to cease from utilizing kids as mission props in front of the overall decisions in December.

In an announcement the gathering said it has “taken note of a regrettable trend on the internet especially social media which has seen many under-aged persons either being coerced or lured into making political party endorsements or being propped to pursue a party-political agenda ahead of the 2020 general Elections.”

As per the gathering “such activities on internet violate domestic, regional, global protocols as well as laws governing the rights of the child including provisions on child welfare as contained in Children’s (Amendment) Act 2016 of Ghana.”

The gathering sponsored its case with Section 11 of the Children’s Act which expresses that “No person shall deprive a child capable of forming views the right to express an opinion, to be listened to and to participate in decisions which affect his wellbeing, the opinion of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child”.

Youngster Online Africa in its announcement solicited guardians to be careful from “their pivotal function as watchmen who have the obligation of protecting the government assistance of kids and to alert that they keep any ideological group or relationship from abusing these youthful ones in such an unnecessary way.

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It would be of enthusiasm for guardians to take note of that such recordings and other mission materials or adverts transferred on the web make an advanced impression which sometimes could influence the fortunes or chances of these youthful ones in future.”

With political missions as of now going all out and ideological groups selling out their messages, the kid rights bunch asked “ideological groups to quickly arrange their mission correspondences agency to pull down any of their substance posted Online which depicts the picture or pictures of youngsters being utilized as props for the 2020 crusade.

These gatherings should be reminded that as much as they don’t need minors to cast a ballot in the overall decisions, it is not out of the question that they likewise be avoided from all structures and circles of Electioneering either previously, during and after the December surveys.”

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Frequently law requirement offices can’t implement such laws to keep ideological groups from abstaining from utilizing youngsters as mission props.

“The law enforcement agencies especially the cybercrime unit of the Ghana Police service must be seen to be effective at this time by acting swiftly to apprehend persons who are found culpable of this offense,” Child Online Africa said in its announcement.

It likewise asked media proprietors to “contribute to child online protection by making sure their editorial policies include written procedures that ensure consistent implementation of policies and processes that protect freedom of expression for children and young people, as well as documentation of compliance with these policies.”

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