Inside the Uchaguzi Situation Room at the iHub - Updates

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  Published 05 Mar 2013
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Inside the Uchaguzi Situation Room at the iHub - Updates
Quick Summary Over 200+ made up of the iHub community both globally and locally are at the iHub, which has been converted in to the Uchaguzi Situation Room. 80+ hours later, the volunteers working in 8 digital teams (SMS, media monitoring, translation, geo-location, verification, reports, analysis& research, tech) have been and still are hard at work, managing the flow of information from the public, election monitors, media sources and social media to the Uchaguzi project.
Interesting Stats so far
Current stats (As of 3:45pm): 4,456 messages sent to the platform 4,104 reports created in the system 3,280 approved 2,282 verified
(As of 9:30am)
  • 4,344 messages sent to the platform
  • 4,148 reports created in the system
  • Of these, 3,364 reports were approved, and a further 2,318 verified.
There are different verified reports from more than 1,694 different locations from all over the country. This analysis is based on 1,805 approved and verified reports. These results are based purely on crowd-sourced reports from all over the country, as Uchaguzi mainly relies on citizen reports. These reports are in the following categories: POSITIVE EVENTS , Counting + Results, Voting Issues, URGENT, Staffing Issues, Polling Station Administration, Security Issues
What We're Seeing from the Data
(View the visualized data on: Voting Irregularities Prevalent During Polling
  • 23% of all citizen reports were about voting irregularities. At a first glance, most of these locations were in and around Nairobi, Kilifi, and Western regions of the country.
Voter Bribing and Harassment
  • Voter bribing was reported in Kamukunji (in Pumwani by a Wiper Ward Rep), and Bomachoge, where their campaigns were going on outside the station. Instances of voter bribery were also witnessed in reports that implicate specific political parties and representative in Taveta and along Kipsigak Serem Road (Aldai Secondary School). Other incidents of voter bribery were reported from Lugari and Migori.
Unusually high number of voters assisted to vote
  • In Lamu East and Nyaribari Chache, there were reports of unusually high numbers of voters needing assistance to cast their ballots. Moreover, in Lamu East, where voters were assisted, the personnel assisting the voters did not take an oath of secrecy.
Polling Station Irregularities
  • 9% of citizen reports from March 4th related to incidents of voter intimidation or disruption at polling stations across Kenya. These incidents occurred all over the country, but in particular in several locations in Kilifi, where voting had not started at the time that other polling stations had already closed. Other issues faced ranged from the failure of BVR kits to demonstrations and threats of violence, as crowds became impatient at polling centres. Voter irregularities noted also include voter bribery and names missing from the registrar.
  • The general trend was that polling stations were busy and crowded, with police assistance not always sufficient to maintain calm and order. Space at the stations was limited, with one report in Naivasha of voting taking place in the open air.
  • There have been multiple reports generated from a violent outburst in Mathare, with one man reportedly being stabbed and others beaten. A man was killed in Thayu, Ngecha Road – Nairobi on the 4th of March. There also has been increasing tension along the Coast with attacks reported at Chumani, Kilifi where a gang of people have been attacking people from specific ethnic groups.
Voting Results
  • Most of the verified and approved reports received on the platform from trusted reporters give specific tally results at various tallying centres. These were provisional results which are being updated constantly and will be analyzed later in comparison with official results from IEBC as these become finalized.
Positive Events
  • There have been peaceful efforts by civilians, many of them voters themselves and by civil society in order to encourage a calm election. A one man guitar entertainer persuaded voters in Kibra to vote peacefully.
Best Places to Get Visuals
IEBC is the source of the data: IEBC provisional election results page Nation Media has the best visuals: Nation Media provisional election results OpinionYetu has an easy to use site: Opinion Yetu provisional election results How Uchgauzi Works There are three Key Components:
  1. Crowd: the main focus of Uchaguzi and the source of most of the reports. We want people to send us any information on the election/electoral process that they feel is significant and we’ve done a lot of messaging outbound to the public so that they’re aware of how, and what, to report to Uchaguzi.
  2. Verification: the process through which Uchaguzi evaluates information and determines how credible it is. This uses our partners with personnel who blanket the country.
  3. Response: Getting verified information to organizations and individuals who can intervene positively and monitoring that response to measure its effectiveness. Specifically, this means the IEBC and the Police.
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