Kenya’s last two general elections have been tarnished by allegations of fraud and outbreaks of violence, which have divided the nation since.
The country is hailed as Africa’s Silicon Savannah and when citizens head to the polls again on 8th August, they will be using technology to make sure these elections are credible.
A game-changing court ruling recently declared that results announced by constituency tallying centers must be regarded as final and a transparent result transmission system has been created to prevent rigging.
As a result, an officer at each polling station will transmit real-time numbers electronically through a secure mobile phone.
Election observers will also take photos and videos of every announcement and posted on social media to verify this process.
Meanwhile, bio-metric voter registration will allow Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to eliminate duplicate and ‘ghost-voters’.
Kenya’s active youth population is also engaged in helping to build an accurate picture of what’s happening across the country in real-time, supporting a more peaceful and fairer process.
One example is Uchaguzi, which is built on Kenya’s homegrown but globally-prominent mapping platform Ushahidi, which was used to monitor the 2016 US election by allowing voters to report irregularities.
Uchaguzi maps voting and tracks thousands of tweets, calls, emails and SMS messages from activists, civil society and election monitors.
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