A memorandum of understanding (MoU) titled: Elections Situation Room (ESR), was signed earlier today by Civil Society Organisations under the banner of #UchaguziPlatform to process key election-related incidents during the next electioneering phase, which is expected to last two weeks.
The Editors Guild, Mzalendo, the Electoral Laws and Governance Institute of Africa (ELGIA), and the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Kenya all participated in the event, which was organised by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
Under the hashtag #SituationMtaani, the ESR is intended to use reports from the field observation teams and citizens for real-time analysis, escalation, and dissemination to stakeholders for quick response.
ELOG’s chair, Anne Ireri, reaffirmed the organisation’s intention to continue its work and participation in the upcoming elections.
“ELOG will play a huge role in ensuring technology as an enabler to smooth, efficient and effective elections,” said Ireri.
To receive or send updates, you will be required to send your election-related experiences and observations to the following numbers via toll-free SMS and USSSD: 23102 and *603# in order to be considered in a timely and accurate manner.
Before, during, and after the ERS, the general public can freely contribute reports and experiences.
The Situation Room will offer a setting for scenario development, evidence-based analysis, data collection, analysis, and rapid response units, all of which are seen to be extremely important and of human interest.
It will also detect and clarify new emerging issues in ‘Mtaani’ as it is a civil society based-initiative convened by ELOC and Ushahidi.
A majority of Kenyans will learn the facts about popular and developing problems related to the forthcoming elections through the debut of the anticipated real and virtual rooms.
The executive director of Ushahidi, Angela Oduor Lungati, stressed that the team continues to make a strong effort to bring Kenyan voices on election issues to the fore, raise them, and take action in co-operation with virtual collaborators.
Felix Owuor is the Executive Director of ELGIA, a continental organisation with a team of experts on election-related issues aimed to advance and uphold human rights, constitutional democracy, effective government, and institutional strengthening of the African Parliament and electoral systems.
The logistics required in the 2022 General Election are enormous in scope, according to ELGIA, making it one of the most complicated and unprecedented in our history.
The organisers of the event asserted that by fostering communication and transparency, the media will play a significant role in the entire electioneering process.
Civil societies sign MoU themed Elections Situation Room (ESR) to ensure provisional results during the forthcoming polls.