To deepen citizen- government relationship, and also to enhance accountability and transparency in governance processes, the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly shall in 2019 introduce a platform dubbed “GovChat”.
GovChat, is an online platform which provides the citizenry the opportunity to engage and seek response from state actors at the local assembly in real time.
Speaking at the 3rd Ordinary meeting of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday 19 December, 2018, Mayor for the city, Anthony K.K Sam disclosed that the platform was launched in South Africa in September this year, and for which per a memorandum of understanding between the developer and the assembly shall be provided freely to the assembly.
“GovChat is now the offiial largest civic engagement platform of the South African Government, launched in September, 2018. The CEO, Eldrid Jordan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Assembly to develop and launch this noble initiative at no cost to the assembly”, he said.
Mr K.K Sam mentioned that the platform will be integrated into Whatsapp, and will be accessible online and on any mobile handset, allowing every citizen connect with government.
The initiative is birth from an international governance project; Open Governance Project, being implemented by the STMA.