The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MiSA) Zambia is highly concerned with reports of Internet shutdown in Democratic Republic of Congo as the country’s electoral process is in motion.
“The internet and other digital spaces are vital for communication and transparency during the electoral process. It is, therefore, a source of worry that the internet shutdown was instituted as a way to curb ‘fictitious’ electoral results which usually arise when information is delayed,” MiSA Zambia Vice Chairperson Hyde Haguta.
“It is the hope of MiSA Zambia that the authorities will reopen the Internet and that other African governments will not resort to such undemocratic practices during elections.
“A shutdown of information flow during elections is not only undemocratic but raises transparency concerns and suspicions during an election which endangers the credibility of election results,” he added.