As part of of efforts in safeguarding digital civic space for electoral integrity of the 2023 elections, a Non Governmental Organization, Food Basket Foundation International (FBFI), a part of the Safeguarding Online Civic Space (SOCS) group, has called on the media to join efforts in combating voters misinformation and disinformation.
This call was made by the Chief Executive Officer, FBFI, Dr. (Mrs) Funmi Akinyele, during a press conference on misinformation and disinformation, ahead of the 2023 general elections held in Abuja on Wednesday.
Akinyele said: “Without a doubt, the integrity of the 2023 general elections will be significant in determining the future of Nigeria as an indivisible nation. All hands must be on deck to facilitate free, fair, and credible elections. Millions of Nigerians, particularly eligible voters, get their information online
“Therefore, the digital civic space is expected to play a significant role in the decisions that a myriad of Nigerians will take during the presidential elections coming up in February 2023 and the gubernatorial elections in March 2023.”
“The online civic space in Nigeria is gradually taking shape, as the spread of digital platforms becomes apparent and knowledge of their use for civic activities grows. Opportunities provided by the internet continue to promote implementation among numerous civil society organizations in Nigeria, which use it to organize and engage citizens. Digital technologies have become essential for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to collaborate, create awareness, and mobilize their communities.”