The Executive Director of CODE Mallam Hamzat Lawal. Photo Credit: Julian Osamoto/Radio Nigeria
An election observer group, Connected Development (CODE), has unveiled its situation room ahead of the 2023 general election slated for Saturday.
CODE, which stated earlier that it will be deploying its electoral intelligence tool, Uzabe to share live situation reports from all polling units across the country, said it would work for a credible and transparent process.
Speaking at the unveiling of the situation room in Abuja on Friday, the Chief Executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, explained that the app empowers citizens to get real time information about election processes.
“With Uzabe, citizens have access to real-time situation reports and analysis on electoral processes across the polling units and this is powered by 20,000 election observers who have volunteered to send information on the outcome of the 2023 general election in the 36 States and the FCT,” Mr Lawal said.
He announced that CODE has also partnered with security agencies to ensure that issues of violence that could mar the election process were being taken care of, and urged Nigerians to remain peaceful and law-abiding, in order to achieve a hitch-free Polls.
Earlier, CODE’s Director of Democracy and Governance, Emmanuel Njoku disclosed that the observers will be sending in both “structured and unstructured reports”, using Uzabe.
“Our platform has two lens, one is the structured report, which would focus on the election procedures, while the second will focus on unstructured report, such as incidents and security reports, which we will be publishing on Uzabe,” Mr Njoku explained.
He added that the incidence categorization on Uzabe will be expected to cover areas such as security, fake news, collation centres, ballot issues as well as voter inducement.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Tony Okerafor