‘Social media helped check fraud in 2011 polls’

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given further insight into how the social media assisted it in curbing malpractice that would have ruined 2011 elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at the third Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem Memorial Symposium in Abuja, on Monday spoke on how Nigerian youths used the instrument of the social media to contribute to the success of the registration process and the elections proper.

Jega, represented by his Senior Special Assistant, Prof. Mohammed Kuna, said: “During the last registration and election exercises, the largest amount of information and feed-backs we got from the field came from the mobile phones of youths. They reported to us, including sometimes through video clips, of how ballot boxes were being snatched from one place to the other and how people were diverting electoral materials.

They told us whether or not our officials came on time. They told us whether certain activities that were not connected to the electoral process took place. We wouldn’t have that information if youths didn’t participate in the process.”  Noting that youths constitute over 70 per cent of the current voters’ register, he urged them to continue to take advantage of the revolution of the social media to engage their elected representatives and contribute to national rebirth.



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