Political campaigns

CSO charges Nigerians with technology to track political campaigns

By Sani Idris

Partnership for Issues-Based Campaign in Nigeria (PICaN), a civil society organization, has tasked Nigerians to use available technology platforms to track and document politicians’ campaign pledges in the 2023 elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the organization said this at a one-day workshop supported by the Partnership to Engage in Reform and Learning (PERL) and UKaid on Thursday in Kaduna.

A communications technology expert, Mr. Leslie Dongh, said that social media is an important and genuine platform that can be used to hold politicians accountable for any promises they make to Nigerians.

He said tracking technologies were web-based and social media had been tools to influence the electorate.

“When these campaign promises are made, you can tag them and create a buzz around them; it will be easy to follow every time you apply it,” he said.

In his contribution, Yusuf Goje, a senior partner of PiCaN, highlighted the imperative of thematic campaigns by politicians, adding that the quality of the election campaign was a precursor to the quality of governance after a winner emerges. .

Goje said there was a need for the electorate to hold any candidate accountable by signing a social contract with citizens on what should be done for them once elected.

According to him, the essence of any election is to provide good governance to the people and improve the lives of all.

Earlier, Mr. Istifanus Akau of PERL, said the aim of the workshop was to review and identify technology-driven platforms to track and document campaign commitments.

He said the workshop also aimed to reflect on strategies for using digital platforms to promote political campaign issues, set the agenda for candidates and create a work plan to intensify the monitoring of political campaign commitments. campaign in Kaduna State. (NOPE)