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 Stakeholders have called on relevant institutions and citizens to be responsible towards information dissemination to avoid misinformation that causes chaos in the society They made the call at a panel discussion on Thursday at a one day dialogue with key election stakeholders which focused on Disinformation in Elections 2022 in Abuja The panel discussion focused on Disinformation as a Tool for Voter Suppression Role of Election Stakeholders Mr Ismaeel Ahmed Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Social Investment Programmes said that some political parties leverage on misinformation as propaganda Ahmed said that it was the job of the National Orientation Agency NOA to educate the populace on bearing the right information Mrs Tari Oliver ex presidential aspirant Peoples Democratic Party PDP said that while political parties thought of winning elections they should be responsible as well As a political party and with our interests while thinking of winning elections we should be thinking of governance We also need to engage our institutional and religious leaders because they have a way of moulding the opinions of the people towards elections she said The Public Relations Officer Nigeria Police CSP El Mustapha Sani said that misinformation affected the polity which could make or mar the system Sani said that at the peak of the EndSARS protests in 2020 the Nigeria Police realised that people especially the youths accessed information on social media which spurred them to create accounts to counter false information Our doors are open to the youths and those studying criminology and crime related courses on their internships and we are trying to change the narrative of misinformation about the Police We are taking steps for strategic planning that will help eradicate misinformation within the polity It is also important that our political parties politicians have a sincerity of purpose during elections he said Mr Kunle Lawal Executive Director Electoral College in his opinion said to curb disinformation we need to identify where it started from We have a gossip culture and that is what is happening on social media where lots of disinformation is taking place We need a general political education because people lack the knowledge of the political system Mr David Akoji Special Assistant to the Director General of NOA identified that political players do not consider the impact of disinformation on the society while driving their interests Akoji said we need to equip the citizens with basic fact checking skills and NOA is collaborating with CJID to train 37 000 Nigerians We want to have at least one person from every community that can check information The dialogue was organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development CJID and funded by the National Endowment Fund NEF The event was part of CJID s effort through its Media in National Elections MiNE and fact checking DUBAWA projects to ensure the provision of accurate information to Nigerians before during and after the 2023 elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
2023: Stakeholders urge institutions, citizens to be responsible with information sharing

Stakeholders have called on relevant institutions and citizens to be responsible towards information dissemination to avoid misinformation that causes chaos in the society.

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Disinformation in Elections

They made the call at a panel discussion on Thursday at a one-day dialogue with key election stakeholders which focused on “Disinformation in Elections 2022” in Abuja.
 

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Tool for Voter Suppression

The panel discussion focused on “Disinformation as a Tool for Voter Suppression:Role of Election Stakeholders.

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Ismaeel Ahmed

Mr Ismaeel Ahmed, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Social Investment Programmes said that some political parties leverage on misinformation as propaganda.
 

National Orientation Agency

Ahmed said that it was the job of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to educate the populace on bearing the right information.

Tari Oliver

Mrs Tari Oliver, ex-presidential aspirant, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), said that while political parties thought of winning elections,they should be responsible as well.
 

“As a political party and with our interests,while thinking of winning elections,we should be thinking of governance.
 

“We also need to engage our institutional and religious leaders because they have a way of moulding the opinions of the people towards elections,” she said.
 

Public Relations Officer

The Public Relations Officer,Nigeria Police,CSP El-Mustapha Sani,said that misinformation  affected the polity which could make or mar the system.
 

Nigeria Police

Sani said that at the peak of the EndSARS protests in 2020,the Nigeria Police realised that people, especially the youths accessed information on social media, which spurred them to create accounts to counter false information.
 

“Our doors are open to the youths and those studying criminology and crime related courses on their internships and we are trying to change the narrative of misinformation about the Police.
 

“We are taking steps for strategic planning that will help eradicate misinformation within the polity.
 

“It is also important that our political parties,politicians have a sincerity of purpose during elections,” he said.

Kunle Lawal

Mr Kunle Lawal,Executive Director, Electoral College,in his opinion,said, ”to curb disinformation,we need to identify where it started from.

”We have a gossip culture and that is what is happening on social media where lots of disinformation is taking place.

“We need a general political education because people lack the knowledge of the political system.

David Akoji

Mr David Akoji, Special Assistant to the Director-General of NOA,identified that political players do not consider the impact of disinformation on the society while driving their interests.

Akoji said, ” we need to equip the citizens with basic fact-checking skills and  NOA is collaborating with CJID to train 37,000 Nigerians.

“We want to have at least one person from every community that can check information.

Journalism Innovation and Development

The dialogue was organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development(CJID) and funded by the National Endowment Fund (NEF).

Media in National Elections

The event was part of CJID’s effort,through its Media in National Elections (MiNE) and fact-checking (DUBAWA) projects to ensure the provision of accurate information to Nigerians before,during and after the 2023 elections.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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