Uchaguzi: Citizens monitor the elections in Tanzania
Uchaguzi is live and mapping the 2010 Tanzanian elections!
The platform is building off the early success of Uchaguzi Kenya. Learning from this experience the team is now set up in Tanzania. The local team now includes 2,000 monitors and links into a network of 30,000 trusted sources. Not to mention the platform is open to messages from the crowd. Its this combination of official monitoring networks, trusted networks and citizens based approach that makes the difference. Uchaguzi.tz shortcode is 15540 and already the team has received a considerable number of messages. You can see the Uchaguzi instance and follow progress in real time.
Uchaguzi.tz is a joint project of Ushahidi and Sodnet from Kenya, as well as TACCEO, which is comprised of a number of local Tanzanian organizations and led by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) from Tanzania. The project is supported by Hivos.
The team asks you to get involved!
We are relying on volunteers from Tanzania, Kenya, and globally to help us map the incoming reports, and because of the large volume of messages we expect to receive, we are currently in need of volunteers – in Tanzania, Kenya, and remotely – with basic tech knowledge or with previous with Ushahidi to help us map and respond to reports. If you are interested and able to volunteer with us on election day, October 31st, sign up using this Google Spreadsheet!
While we’ve had a wonderful media team working to spread the word about Uchaguzi TZ in Tanzania, we can also use your help in letting your friends and family know to text 15540 with any information about the Tanzanian elections.