Executive Director, Future Pathways Development Initiative, FPDI, Mr Ayokunnu Ojeniyi says an application to help Nigerians make informed choices on candidates ahead of the 2023 general election has been developed.
Mr Ojeniyi stated this at the launch of the website in Abuja.
He said the app was developed in partnership with Data-Lead Africa, to guard against voting based on ethnic and religious sentiments.
According to Ojerniyi, the website is to bridge the knowledge gap among the electorate regarding the choice of candidates, political parties and their manifestos.
“This is because, in Nigeria, people generally vote along party lines, they don’t really care so much about candidates’ background, education, their thoughts on certain issues and all.
“So, we think people should have information about those they want to vote for beyond their parties so they can make better informed decisions,” he said
Dr Arowolo Ayoola, Lead Partner, Data-Lead Africa, said the organisation partnered FPDI to champion the research component of know your candidates website project.
Ayoola said that Data-Lead helped to collate information about candidates so that people could better understand them.
“So, we think that to make voting more objective by providing the electorate with objective information so that beyond saying this person is from my tribe ,my religion they can see the plans they have’’.
By Georgina Humphrey EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI