African Elections Project (AEP) with its long standing experience of covering elections across Africa will be providing online monitoring and coverage of the Kenya general elections with the use of web 2.0 tools and social media.
AEP will provide up to the minute news and comprehensive analysis of the elections before, during and after the elections to serve citizens of Kenya both at home and in the diaspora as well as the international community.
Mr. Jeremiah Sam, project coordinator of AEP said “The African Elections Project will leverage on Kenya’s already large online audience and provide a platform for citizens to contribute to the electoral process, be updated with the manifestoes and provide regular analysis of the contesting candidates so they can make informed choices at the polls.
He added that “at the end of the polls a comprehensive report will be generated on how the use of social media shaped the 2013 Kenyan elections which will serve as a reference document for other countries to follow suite as they seek to entrench their democracy.”
The social media tools deployed will also offer an interactive avenue for citizens to engage AEP reporters on the field as to the events taking place with regards to the elections which would build their confidence about the whole process.
The 2007 Kenyan elections were unexpectedly marred by violent outbursts as a result of allegations of electoral manipulations and fraud. Some 1,200 people lost their lives and more than 600,000 were displaced after Mwai Kibaki won over Raila Odinga by a narrow margin in an election widely believed to be compromised by irregularities.
The eyes of the world are fixed on the 2013 Kenyan elections where Kenyans will be voting to elect leaders in six positions; the President, Senators, County Governors, Members of Parliament, Civic Wards and Women County Representatives
AEP will be using its authoritative and renowned online knowledge platform (www.africanelections.org) and also feature live tweets from election centers (@africanelection).