Punch Newspaper: ICT and Politics: Opportunities for participatory democracy (2) [ICT Clinic Page]

This is the concluding part of last week’s piece where we are looked at ICT as an effective tool for tackling the issues of political corruption and enthroning participatory democracy. If you missed the first part, I suggest you read it up on the Punch website.

Is it possible for Nigeria’s political class to fully take advantage of possibilities available in utilising ICT as a tool for participatory democracy? This is a tough question which I will rather not attempt to answer today.  Let me simply quip: “By their fruits you shall know them.”

Modern technology can help enthrone candidate-led and issue-based democracy as was the case with President Obama when he was campaigning for the office of the President of the United States of America, especially for the first term in 2008.

Studies have shown that candidate-led and issue-based political campaigns are usually far more effective than party-led campaigns. This is not to say that the political parties will not be involved in the campaigns. It rather allows the candidate and their antecedents to be projected in the front burner of the campaigns.

Widely reported as being the most sophisticated online campaign yet in international media, the Barack Obama election campaign in the 2008 US presidential elections remains a reference point in the modern use of ICT in political mobilisation.

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