2023 : CODE To Monitor, Learn From Kenya’s Electionc

A Civil Society Organisation, Connected Development, says it will launch a technology that will enable it monitor Kenyan elections to draw possible lessons for Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general election.

The technology, tagged Uzabe, is an Open Situation Awareness Room OSAR, initiative that provides real-time intelligence, mapping tools and witness reports from various polling units in a country.

Briefing News men in Abuja, the Executive Director of CODE, Mallam Hamzat Lawal, said as the 2023 election is around the corner, the initiative became necessary to ensure a free and fair election in both countries.

According to him
“About 48 million citizens of the East African country are expected to cast their votes in the presidential, governorship, legislative and women representative elections.

“About 22 million voters or 40 per cent of youths are expected to cast their votes across an estimated 46,232 polling stations in Kenya, like Nigeria, Kenya also practices a multiparty system of democracy”.

Mallam Lawal, said CODE’s mission in the Kenyan election was to strengthen emergency response during elections to mitigate electoral violence and uphold the integrity of elections in Africa.

“CODE has deployed international delegates to observe the upcoming Kenyan 2022 elections. CODE in partnership with Ushahidi, a Kenyan-originated open source software application that utilises user-generated reports to collate and map data, developed a technology-driven election monitoring platform known as Uzabe”. He said.

“our observation would provide unique learning opportunities that can help inform election monitoring strategy for Nigeria’s upcoming 2023 elections, CODE successfully observed Kenya’s election back in 2013, Nigeria’s 2015 and 2019 general election among others and will deploy observers in 2023 general elections”.

CODE’s Head of Election Mission to Kenya, Mr Njoku Emmanuel, said the rationale behind monitoring Kenya’s election was the similarities both countries shared in the use of technology.

Mr. Emmanuel noted that Kenya’s population had about 46,000 polling units and 21 million voters compared to Nigeria with about 176,000 polling units and about 96 million voters.

“We are deploying observers for the election because, what we are planning to do is what they are already doing in terms of technology deployment for a general election, it is important that we really watch closely and see the expected challenges”. He said.

By Julian Osamoto

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