For immediate release
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire, 29th October 2010
The African Elections Project (AEP) http://www.africanelections.org/coted'ivoire/ will be covering Cote d'Ivoire general election, taking place on Sunday 31st October 2010 to elect a president out of the 14 candidates. AEP was established in 2008 to empower journalists to cover elections using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) across the continent. AEP has successfully covered elections in Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Mauritania, Mozambique, Malawi, Togo and with plans are far advanced to cover Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Uganda, Cameroon and Niger.
According to Kofi Mangesi who is leading a team of journalists to cover the elections said "African Elections Project is excited that Cote d'Ivoire is finally taking place after years of delay. He added that AEP is committed to contribute to a better election by working with the media and civil society organizations through the provision of independent information and impartial coverage using ICTs".
In addition to its flagship online portal, http://www.africanelections.org/coted'ivoire/ AEP is covering this elections using other new media tools such as facebook, blogs, frontlineSMS and twitter http://www.twitter.com/cotedivoirevote .
The African Elections Project is coordinated by Ghana based International Institute for ICT Journalism (www.penplusbytes.org ) working hand in hand with other key partners across the continent. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa www.osiwa.org is the main strategic and funding partner for AEP project in Cote d'Iovire.
AEP Cote d'lvoire
International Institute for ICT Journalism