#WatchingTheVote is a citizen led election observation initiative aimed at enhancing the integrity of elections in Nigeria using technological tools like SMS and evidence-based research methodology tools for election observation. The initiative is designed to promote credible elections and boost citizens confidence in the electoral process through the provision of citizens’ oversight on elections throughout the electoral cycle. #WatchingTheVote relies heavily on the use of SMS to provide real time election updates that validate the credibility of election results as well as elicit real time response from election stakeholders before, during and after elections. This election observation methodology empowers citizens to watch over electoral activities in a bid to deepen electoral democracy, transparency and accountability. #WatchingTheVote is designed as a movement of citizens observers with the capacity to gather data, detect fraud and escalate critical incidents that could potentially undermine the conduct of elections. Beyond contributing to the integrity of the electoral process, the #WatchingTheVote provides citizens with an opportunity to take ownership of their future by serving as watchdogs on the electoral process.
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