ICT AS A CATALYSIS FOR PROMOTING CREDIBLE ELECTIONS AND GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA

The paper examines ICT as a catalysis for promoting credible elections and governance in Nigeria. This is necessary at this point in time when many Nigerians especially you are now active online particularly on social media and the passage of freedom of information during the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan which offers more freedom to citizen participation in governance. The research was anchored on technological determinism theory. Survey research method was adopted coupled with 100 copies of questionnaire that were administered to the respondents at the University of Benin using multi-stage sampling approach.The data collected were analysis in frequency percentage and tables. Finding shows that, the most commonly used ICT is social media among Nigerians. Most of the respondents  received, shared and participated in discussion about government activities and policies regularly online, although, they claimed that most information shared online are not credible as many share fake news, share hare comments and lots. It is recommended that ICT and other social media can be improved to enhance better public mobilization, sensitization and true democracy in Nigeria through citizen sensitization programmes, registration that involve national identity card.

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Keywords: ICT, Catalysis, Promotion, Credible Elections, Governance

 

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