Ushahidi a crowdsourcing technology company has in partnership with InfoNET and The Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) announced a platform to monitor Kenya’s General Election on August 8, 2017. The platform is tagged “Linda Kura Yako,” (“Protect your vote’)
The company said in a press statement on their website, that the hope is that the Kenyan Elections will be peaceful, but if there is any irregularities the 700+ Uchaguzi observers, general public and trained volunteers will be able to report electoral incidences to:
- The Uchaguzi Short Code (20166),
- Twitter: @uchaguzi,
- Facebook: @Uchaguzi2017Kenya or directly through Facebook Messenger,
- at https://uchaguzi.or.ke/views/create.
Uchaguzi (“Election” in Kiswahili) will monitor incidences of electoral offences, violence, peace activities and to inform Kenyans on how their counties and constituencies voted during the August 8th General Elections.
The Uchaguzi short code is been sensitized and advertised on YouTube, Facebook and radio. Ushahidi has also partnered with Facebook to make it possible to report to Uchaguzi via Facebook Messenger. The project has also engaged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Police, Judiciary, Human Rights Groups, Civil Society and Media through online conversations and live chat where the institutions provide feedback to conversations and engage citizens in real time.