How the use of technology will play a critical role in upcoming African election campaigns

February 19, 2017

 

Angola, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Liberia will hold general elections this and next year, and the use of technology will play a critical role in deciding the outcome.

 

The introduction of ICT into the electoral process is generating interest and concern among voters and practitioners globally.

 

Every year, new technologies and tools are introduced to the market from basic office automation to more sophisticated data processing tools with the aim of improving the electoral process.

 

The substantial growth of mobile technology and devices have brought empowerment to people and communities. Social media is now being seen as a critical tool to encourage dialogue and change the relationship between the electorate and politicians.


Where radio and television have traditionally played substantial roles during an election period because of their ability to communicate messages to the masses, the changing landscape of communication as a result of m