Elections in Kenya: CODE launches technology to monitor security issues
A civil society organization, Connected development (CODE)says he will launch technology that would allow him to observe and report security issues in Kenya’s upcoming elections in 2022.
The technology, labeled Uzabe, is an Open Situation Awareness Room (OSAR) initiative that will provide real-time intelligence, mapping tools and witness reports from various voting units.
He said the initiative was also rolled out in the last general elections in Nigeria in 2019.
This was contained in a statement released Saturday by CODE Communications Manager Seun Durojaye.
About 48 million citizens of the East African country are expected to vote in presidential, gubernatorial, legislative and women’s representative elections on Tuesday.
About 22 million voters, or 40% of young people, will vote in about 46,232 polling stations.
Like Nigeria, Kenya also practices a multi-party democratic system.
However, the polls would see the two favorites, the vice-president Guillaume Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga of the political party Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), candidate to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is completing his second and final term.
Our mission in Kenya
CODE’s Chief Executive Officer, Hamzat Lawal, said his mission in Kenya’s elections was to strengthen emergency response in elections that mitigates electoral violence and upholds the integrity of elections in Africa.
“In Kenya and Nigeria, elections are approaching and we are preparing to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
“CODE has deployed international delegates to observe Kenya’s upcoming 2022 elections. election monitoring technology platform known as Uzabe.
“Uzabe, a real-time intelligence and mapping tool, enables situation and eyewitness reports from various polling units in real time. With this tool, CODE aims to strengthen emergency response during elections that mitigate electoral violence and maintain the integrity of elections in Africa.
Elections in Nigeria
Lawal also said he would deploy 20,000 observers to the 2023 general elections in Nigeria who will leverage Uzabe technology to monitor and observe the elections.
“Our approach is to improve intelligence gathering during elections by providing real-time reports, using technology. To this end, we are deploying 20,000 observers who will work to monitor and authenticate reports from the ground to ensure credible elections as well as establish early warning systems in rural and vulnerable communities during the 2023 general elections,” a- he declared.
“This will provide unique learning opportunities that can help inform election monitoring strategy for the upcoming 2023 elections in Nigeria.
“CODE successfully observed the 2013 elections in Kenya, the 2015 and 2019 general elections in Nigeria, the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and will deploy observers to the 2023 general elections seeking, again, ensure a peaceful electoral process, promote national reconciliation and improve the quality of elections using Uzabé.
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