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Submission + - Kenya referendum monitored by SMS and Twitter (

fjanss writes: An article of the Christian Science Monitor reports on the use of the Uchaguzi platform to monitor the Kenya referendum.

The Uchaguzi platform – the word means "election" in Kiswahili – grew out of earlier software developed during the violence that rocked Kenya after the 2007 presidential election.

It sets up a special SMS shortcode, Twitter hashtag (#uchaguzi for Kenya’s referendum) or e-mail address, publicizes it, and encourage ordinary people to send reports.

In case of irregularities the central office alerts the local electoral officials to investigate.

The scheme’s developers plan to introduce similar platforms to other East African countries that have elections looming in coming months, including Tanzania and Uganda.

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