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Election Monitoring


Election Monitoring

This group is focused on the use of FrontlineSMS in the field of election monitoring.

Members: 68
Latest Activity: Aug 6, 2016

Discussion Forum

Opportunity to connect with Kenyan media on election coverage 1 Reply

I'd like to publicize an opportunity for FrontlineSMS users to collaborate with national media outlets in Kenya. This includes election monitoring work.I'm a PhD student from the London School of…Continue

Tags: Media, Elections, Kenya

Started by Nicholas Benequista. Last reply by javin ochieng Nov 30, 2012.

Are you planning to use FrontlineSMS in 2012 Kenyan elections? 19 Replies

Hi all, FrontlineSMS has a strong and buzzing user base in Kenya, and I have already heard a few different users mention that they are thinking of using of FrontlineSMS in the Kenyan elections in…Continue

Tags: FrontlineSMS, use, 2012, elections, Kenya

Started by Florence Scialom. Last reply by Nicholas Benequista Nov 26, 2012.

FrontlineSMS used to monitor Nigerian elections 3 Replies

A group of Nigerian NGOs have joined together to form ReclaimNaija, an organisation which is providing a way for Nigerian citizens to report on the 2011 elections as they happen. This project is…Continue

Started by Florence Scialom. Last reply by Florence Scialom Dec 16, 2011.

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Comment by Kamuhanda Method on June 15, 2015 at 11:37am

I am planing to use this application to track and disseminate election results to the community members of Pangani district for the coming Tanzania national election  on October 2015.

Comment by Youngpeople Forpeace on August 29, 2014 at 10:10am
We will like to use frontline sms in election monitoring in Nigeria general election in 2015. How can we?
Comment by Zia Noori on September 12, 2013 at 3:37am

i have use front line SMS for reporting water point functionality fee collection for water sanitation project.   

Comment by Zia Noori on August 15, 2013 at 5:14am


Comment by BARNABO NAMPOUKIME DONAM on April 9, 2013 at 7:34am

There is going to take place, legislative elections in TOGO, i will be honoured to learn how to use the platfrom others used in their countries, and that was successfull

Comment by Egghead ODEWALE on November 14, 2012 at 3:36pm
Sure Libby. My Tom can mail me at oodewale[at]cyber[dot]law[dot]harvard[dot]edu and I'd be more than willing to make introductions with the coordinator of the local - SaloneVote - observation coalition. You can see more about the One World group at
Comment by Libby Powell on November 14, 2012 at 3:14pm

Hi all, this is really helpful, thank you so much for your time and input. I have set up a basic map (i think!) here:

But very interest in your links Egghead ODEWALE. Do you have a contact with salonevote as perhaps our network could support/supplement their map too. We have several polling agents, incl disabled polling agents, blogging/reporting in lead up to Sat and beyond. All 45 reporters have been trained and are aware of principles of verifiable, actionable reporting. Also can't find any link to the OneWork site so any further info would be ideal. We are REALLY keen to contribute rather than duplicate.

Tom, I will follow up with email.


Comment by Egghead ODEWALE on November 14, 2012 at 3:06pm

Hi Libby, I am aware that a group of young folks under the umbrella of a coalition will be observing SL's election on Saturday but I am not sure they're using the Ushahidi platform. Rather, they have adopted the UK-based OneWork platform for the purpose. I have sent out a mail to the coordinator to inquire weather this is being integrated with FrontlineSMS to which I am yet to get a response. You can check our the crowdsourcing site - - and let me know if you need additional information with respect to the Saturday's election.

Comment by Tom Marentette on November 14, 2012 at 9:45am

Hi Hapee,

Thanks for your thoughts, of which I completely agree. The tech piece is easy, it's the program design that is more difficult and time consuming. I forget where I've heard this (Wayan Vota maybe), but it's the 90-10 is only 10% of any intervention.

Wondering if any other groups already have Ushahidi deployment plans for the Sierra Leone elections, that Libby's group could assist with. thanks again for your insights.

Comment by Hapee de Groot on November 14, 2012 at 2:46am
Hi Libby and Tom,
I know quite a bit of election monitoring using tools like Ushahidi (including FrontlineSMS) and I know that the technical part is the most easy one. You mention elections on Sat? do you mean this Sat? cause you/we can run the platform by than but a sms shortcode? and you need the crowd to sms and report, how do they know of the existence of the site or shortcode or hashtag? with election monitoring the technical part is the less important, the most important aspect is the marketing of the installation and for that you need more time than 3 days.

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