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Thursday, March 10, 2011
African Elections Project(AEP) to cover Niger second run Elections
African Elections Project (AEP) http://www.africanelections.org/niger, your authoritative elections information and news services is covering Niger Elections 2ndround slated to take place on Saturday the 12thof March 2011 between the formerPrime Minister Seini Oumarou(MNSD-Nassa) andlong-term opposition figure Mahamadou Issoufou(PNDS-Taray)
The Niger 1stround general elections, took place on Monday 31st January 2011 to elect a president out of 10 candidates and 113 members of parliament. The final results indicated that, none of the 10 candidates who aspired to be president got more than the 50% required thereby necessitating a second round to take place.
According to Gerard Guedegbe, who is leading a team of reporters to cover this elections said "African Elections Project is set to provide timely and relevant elections information and knowledge while undertaking covering specific and important aspects of governance working hand with citizens journalists and civil society actors engaged in elections observations."
AEP was established in 2008 to empower journalists to cover elections using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) across the continent. AEP have successfully covered elections in Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Mozambique, Malawi, and Togo and has launched coverage of the upcoming elections in Liberia with plans are also far advanced to cover Nigeria, Uganda and Cameroon.
In addition to its flagship online portal, http://www.africanelections.org/nigerAEP is covering this elections using other new media tools such as facebook, blogs, frontlineSMS and twitter http://twitter.com/nigerelections. Subscribers can subscribe to our SMS news and results service by sending a text message to (00227) 97 16 30 37 in Niger or international - +447537401839
The African Elections Project-Niger is coordinated by Ghana based International Institute for ICT Journalism (www.penplusbytes.org) working hand in hand withla Maison de la Presse du Niger andother key partners. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)www.osiwa.org is the main strategic and funding partner for AEP Niger.
Maison de la Presse du Niger
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