ICIR to collaborate with CODE on election observation

A NON-governmental organisation Connected Development (CODE), which provides technological platforms to enhance effective democratic governance and accountability to close the feedback loop between citizens and the government, is collaborating with THE ICIR to observe the 2023 general elections.

The CEO of CODE, Hamza Lawal told The ICIR that the organisation has two different platforms (Uzabe Ushaidi and AI), which are used to get accurate data during the election observation before disseminating information to the general public.

Lawal said CODE has strengthened it’s capacity on election observations over the years and 20,000 observers have been trained to be on the field while focusing on using the AI platform.

    He added that election observations begin before the elections.

    “For us, observing elections is not on the day of election, we have pre-election observation, election observation and post-election observations. Most times violence erupts, it erupts when the results are being announced,” Lawal stated.

    He added that 13,000 observers would stay in polling units within their vicinities to observe events while 7,000 would travel around their states to observe.

    Lawal noted that every information given out would be on verified incidents, adding that there would also be monitoring and gathering of opinions from social media platforms to generate analytics for the general public.

    Fatimah Quadri is a Journalist and a Fact-checker at The ICIR. She has written news articles, fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy in an effort to combat information disinformation.
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