It seems that technology and social media will play a huge role in this year’s elections in Nigeria in an unprecedented way.
One of the tools that would drive citizen participation in the forth-coming elections in Nigeria is ReVoDa, a mobile app that allows voters to report election activities as independent election observers from their respective polling units across Nigeria.
By now, you already know how Ushahidi, the crisis-mapping tool developed in Kenya helped spot crisis-ridden areas in the 2007 elections in Kenya; became useful during the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and is now helping victims in the recent Japan earthquake.
Built for Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria) and developed by a team of Nigerian tech volunteers, ReVoDa aims to turn the over 87 million Nigerians with mobile phones into informal election reporters.
The mobile app comes in LITE version for BlackBerry phones and; LITE version for Nokia and Java-enabled phones and; SMART version for Nokia and Java-enabled smartphones with touch screens.
The app is basically for young voters who are avid technology users.
How Does It Work?
Once you download the app, you’ll need to create your profile by registering your name and polling unit number. With this, you’ll be able to send reports of election activities. SMS costs may apply.
After registering your mobile device on the EiE Nigeria network, you can send an election report by choosing the ‘Election Type’ field (this is mandatory) and selecting any other relevant election field(s) and clicking the ‘Send’ button. Note that SMS cost may apply.
ReVoDa also allows EiE Nigeria to send relevant information about the electoral process to registered users in specific locations.
The app also provides a complete list of political parties and their acronyms. You can use this list for reference on party acronyms when inputing party results in the reporting section.
You can start by downloading the ReVoDa election reporting tool now.
ReVoDa in 5 Steps
1. Send your Polling Unit number and name to 0812 888 2011, e.g. 24/13/02/015 Oluwangozi Danladi. If you’re sending from someone else’s phone, they use this format: PU# Name Mobile# (e.g. 24/13/02/015 Oluwangozi Danladi 0800 000 0000)
2. You will get a confirmation SMS, along with a link to download ReVoDa
3. Download and set up your profile on ReVoDa
4. Get familiar with ReVoDa – and feel free to use the HELP menu or visit the online HELP page
5. Share ReVoDa with others, using the “Tell A Friend” tool or Facebook/Twitter menu option (not available for ReVoDa Lite)
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