A youth group, Vanguards for Credible Elections (VCE), has launched an incident-reporting system which is a crowdsourcing website that every resident of Nigeria can contribute to by reporting situations and occurrences in their surrounding as it concerns the coming general elections.
According to the group, the platform, www.PollWatchNG.com, was created in the wake of the numerous electoral incidents witnessed in the recent past, which often fail to make the front page of the papers or the Internet and the tool is designed to democratize access to real-time incident reporting across the nation.
The Coordinator of VCE, Martins Attah, said his organization enjoys a working relationship with the European Union Election Observation Mission and will be sharing information contributed by users of the platform. He added that the data generated by the site would be of immense assistance to people seeking real-time updates on the elections.
According to the statement signed by Mr. Attah, “Collecting and analyzing data from around 150,000 voting points across the nation spanning across different Polling units, Wards, LGAs and States in Nigeria, requires a dedicated tool that not only captures information and publishes on social media, but also mines information intuitively across each polling unit, ward, LGA and state.
“With PollWatchNG, visitors can view gain insight into the peaceful and irregular incidents across National and straight to polling unit levels. This allows you with a unique opportunity to play a part of ensuring vigilance in your community.”
This platform also automatically publishes the reports to the Twitter social media platform – @Pollwatchngr. Post automatically published to Twitter can then be shared and retweeted to gain maximum effect. The website is optimized to work on every browser and can work with low internet.
To follow or provide reports on any Irregular and Peaceful incidents reports across specific locations from National incidents to specific Polling Units, visit www.pollwatchng.com.