NIGERIA: Social media seen enhancing free, fair pollfrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA’S Science and Technology Permanent Secretary, Winifred Oyo-Ita, says social media could play a crucial role in the holding of free and fair polls later this month.
According to her, the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Black Berry Messenger (BBM), Whatsapp, Linkedin and Instagram were veritable means of technology that could be deployed in enhancing the electoral process especially as it concerns ensuring quick transmission of results.
“In developed nations of the world the use of technology in electoral process has been accorded high priority which has led to conduct of peaceful elections, transparency and wider participation of their
citizenry,” Oyo-Ita said in a statement the Ministry deputy Director
(Press), Taye Akinyemi, made available.
She was speaking in Abuja at a capacity development conference supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the theme: “Enhancing the Use of Technology During the 2015 Electoral Process.”
According to officials from the Ministry, the present administration in its renewed efforts to forestall controversy that followed the 2007 and 2011 elections, has given the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a huge task of adopting improved methods to ensure a free and fair election on February 14 and 28.
The Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) and Electronic Voter Identification (EVID) are said to be the major components of election technology utilized by INEC for the purpose of engendering transparency in the whole electoral process.
– CAJ News
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