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Enhancing Election Monitoring and Observation using E-Messaging Tools

Adewumi, A. O. and Daramola, J. O. (2010) Enhancing Election Monitoring and Observation using E-Messaging Tools. Realising a Stable Democratic Political System in Nigeria: IT Tools & Strategies (RESDEMIT 2010) .

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Abstract

Election monitoring and observation are an integral part of an electoral process. They help to enhance the transparency and credibility of elections as well as the acceptance of results. Challenges faced by election monitoring and observation organizations include: the need for coordination and cooperation among observer groups; the need for follow-up on recommendations made after an election; the need to develop technologies appropriate for assessing e-voting technologies; and the need to develop commonly shared criteria for assessing democratic elections. In addition, challenges peculiar to Nigeria include: difficult terrain, poor Internet coverage, poor electricity and political instability bringing about insecurity. In this paper, we present contemporary e-messaging tools and initiatives that will help to address these challenges and thereby enhance the efficiency of election monitoring and observation missions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Election Monitoring, Election Observation, Electronic Messaging, E-Messaging, Online Communities, Short Messaging Service, SMS, E-Messaging tools
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 12:24
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011 21:13
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/1

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