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Technology helps ANC win elections

April 30, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Top Stories

jacob_zuma.jpgThe spokesperson of South African president-elect, Jacob Zuma, has attributed the African National Congress (ANC) party’s resounding electoral victory partly to the effective use of technology.

Mr Zuma will officially be sworn in as state president of South Africa in a ceremony to be held in the country’s capital city, Pretoria, next week.

In an interview with the CAJ News Agency Mr Zuma’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, revealed that the president uses a Nokia N95 cell phone.

Says Mr Kodwa: “Apart from using the N95 for communication, he also used a laptop connected to a 3G whenever he traveled throughout the country during the election campaigns. The president had a hectic time schedules as he responded to various letters written to him by electorate. President Zuma also communicated with other international leaders, fellow African presidents using the gadget,”

The Nokia N95 includes features such as a 5 megapixel camera, GPRS connectivity, video and music playback, internet and e-mail browsing.

“In most cases, he used his mobile gadget to communicate with the business community, other African presidents, politicians and citizens of this country,” said Kodwa.

South African political parties attempted to follow the example of the United States of America (USA)’s president, Barack Obama, whose campaign used the internet to great effect in securing political victory.

The ANC placed specific emphasis on its online efforts, making use not only of the party’s very popular official website, but also social networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter. The party also conducted online text-format debates, hosted by National spokesperson Jessie Duarte.

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