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Friday, 7 March 2014

How Your Mobile Phone Can Prevent Election Rigging in Nigeria

It does not take rocket science to be convinced that a large
percentage, if not all, of the elections in the past in Nigeria have
in one way or another been adulterated.

Although the general populace
does not know what exactly is responsible for these heinous actions,
whether the electoral body's incompetence or dishonesty or the
criminal actions of political parties and their cronies, it cannot be
overemphasized that some measures have to be put in place to ensure
the integrity of the electoral process is no longer compromised and
that announced election results reflect the people's choices.

In view of these past, and sadly normal occurrences of irregularities
and jeopardy in the electoral processes that Nigeria has experienced
in the previous elections, a platform NigeriaDecide has been developed
to monitor election and ensure the integrity of election results.
NigeriaDecide is a platform intended to collate the results exactly as
announced in each polling unit across the nation and transfer them to
a safe and secure server where everyone can view the results online.
This is to ensure anyone and everyone can have a picture of the
results that are expected to be announced by the electoral monitoring
body. This will help to have an idea of where the discrepancies
occurred and the appropriate quarters can be challenged concerning the
published results.

This requires that everybody be interested in making sure that their
choices in the elections are not over-ruled by some unpleasant
elements in the polity. In this wise, there is a need for all to be
actively involved in the process - from voter's registration right
through to the election results announcement.

The effectiveness of the NigeriaDecide platform depends on the active
participation of concerned Nigerians in the electoral process. This
will require the submission of the results announced in each polling
unit by SMS to the NigeriaDecide platform for it to be collated and
secured on the server. There are over 120,025 (one hundred and twenty
thousand and twenty-five) polling units in Nigeria, so there needs to
be active  involvement of concerned Nigerians for this undertaking to
be accomplished and to cover all polling and the results from each
polling unit, so that the interests of all Nigerians are equally
represented (at least 120,025 people are needed).

To be part of this election monitoring platform, you must be
registered to vote (you will need the polling unit number on your
voter's card to register on the NigeriaDecide platform).
To register on the platform, SMS "polling unit number" e.g.
05/07/09/008 to 09037346541. You will immediately receive a
registration confirmation alert on your phone.

Then on the election day, to send in election results announced at the
polling unit, SMS "party acronym and score" space "party acronym and
score" until the last party and score e.g. aa500  apc503  acd512
pdp503  and send to 09037346541.

The NigeriaDecide platform is powered by CloudWare Technologies, an
innovative technological solutions provider that provides appropriate
technological measures to meet Africa's pressing needs. CloudWare
Technologies' client base ranges from individuals to corporate
establishment, federal government and international organizations.

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