Following the 2007 Kenya elections, approximately 1,200 people lost there lives to civil unrest over disputed election results. Consequently, on August 4th, 2010, a constitutional referendum was held in order to determine whether to adopt a new constitution. To help preserve and maintain safety in this electoral process, Ushahidi launched the Uchaguzi election monitoring campaign that continues to this day. Data-Mania founder, Lillian Pierson, assisted with the Uchaguzi deployment for general elections held in Kenya on March 4th, 2013. We remain on standby as avid supporters and contributors for future Uchaguzi deployments.
- ICT election-monitoring platform for reporting "on electoral offenses such as intimidation, hate speech, vote buying, electoral offenses, misinformation, as well as alert authorities to raising tensions and acts of violence" - Ushahidi
- Reports submitted to the platform via SMS, Twitter, Facebook, email, or website entry
- Digital volunteers are broken into the following teams: media monitoring, translation, geolocation, verification, reporting, tech support, and analysis.
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- "To help Kenya have a free, fair, peaceful, and credible general election" - Ushahidi
- To collect reports that contain information about location, local events, and categorization of the event being reported.
- To see and review incoming reports
- To translate and geolocate reports
- To approve and verify reports
Kenya got through the 2013 general elections without any major problems. This can be counted as a victory for all. iHub Research carried out a 6-month study on the 2013 Uchaguzi deployment. Their findings are documented here.