Abuja – 9th March, 2014. CloudWare Technologies via NigeriaDecide just recently completed the mapping of all the over 120,025 (one hundred and twenty thousand and twenty-five) polling units in Nigeria. This is in furtherance of the platform’s intentions to ensure the transparency of the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.
The mapping of the polling units was necessitated by the disheartening information obtained from election observer reports that some electoral officials, as well as locally deployed and international election observer groups, find it very difficult to locate the polling units to which they are posted to conduct elections. This results in the lateness in commencement of the elections.
This problem of being behind schedule in conducting the election tends to justify the election officials decision to expedite the election process at the expense of proper conduct and adequate monitoring. This is one of the factors that reduce the effectiveness of the elections in Nigeria in truly representing the choices of the Nigerian people.
The 120,025+ polling units have been geographically represented on Google map on the NigeriaDecide.org website to ensure that anyone who needs to locate any polling unit in Nigeria will be able to do so easily as the polling units are represented with popular landmarks within the area and descriptions on how to get there easily. The map can be panned in all directions to get more of the features in the area surrounding the polling unit.
This map will be a very useful tool for electoral officers (who sometimes are not informed of their postings until about a week before the Election Day) as well as voters and election observers to locate and get directions to their polling unit of interest. In addition, voters can locate the polling units nearest to their residence and choose the most accessible and convenient one to vote in.
NigeriaDecide is a platform intended to aggregate election results exactly as announced in each polling unit across the nation and transfer them to a safe and secure server where everyone can view the results online. This is to ensure anyone and everyone can have a picture of the results that are expected to be announced by the electoral monitoring body. This will help to have an idea of where the discrepancies occurred and the appropriate quarters can be challenged concerning the published results.
To register on the platform, SMS “polling unit number” e.g. 05/07/09/008 to 09037346541. You will immediately receive a registration confirmation alert on your phone.
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