Over the years,the Nigerian electoral processes have been marred with several irregularities that make for very undemocratic nature of electing her rulers.The people’s choices are in most cases not reflected in the results announced at the end of elections in Nigeria.Just as the 2015 elections are close,it becomes very important that ways are created to minimize these election irregularities and rigging and also ensure a free and fair elections in Nigeria which is a hall mark of democracy.
The role of technologies in monitoring elections have proven to be the future of elections all over the world especially in developing countries.The effort of Cloudware Technologies needs to be mentioned here as they have developed this Mobile app called NigeriaDecide, a platform NigeriaDecide has been developed to monitor election and ensure the integrity of election results.
In a press release made available to us it states:
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 any unpleasant element 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 in the specified format,
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.
For more information on this app, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0700CLOUDSMS or visit www.nigeriadecide.org