Former IAWRT President Violet Gonda hosted the inaugural conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Political Campaigns or the International Political Campaigns Expo 2024 (#IPE2024) held in Cape Town, South Africa on January 25-26, 2024.
The theme of the gathering was “Transforming Political Campaigns: How AI and Big Data Amplify Voter Engagement and Shape Political Campaigns in Africa.”
There were 130 delegates from 30 countries.
Ms. Gonda said the discussions at the conference “shed light on Africa’s readiness for this technological advancement and the unique challenges it presents, ensuring our continent’s active participation in shaping the future of AI.”
“It was particularly encouraging to see more than 20 African countries represented, including representatives of electoral management bodies and members of ruling and opposition parties all in one room,” she added.
The goal of the conference, according to organizers, is to build a knowledge hub where we pool insights to craft a comprehensive report and store box of AI stories and examples that scholars and enthusiasts can dive into and use for all purposes. Another key goal is to assist in navigating AI regulations.
The year 2024 is a big election year in the world. Around 16 nations in the African continent are expected to hold elections in 2024. Additionally, 7 of the world’s 10 most populous nations are also holding their elections this year. They are Bangladesh, India, United States, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, and Mexico.