The Kenya Elections Information Centre (KEIC) is an election strong room which is a complementary to traditional election observation. KEIC Plays the Important Role of Analysis and Action Response as the Strong Room for Uchaguzi Initiative.
Uchaguzi is an Elections initiative developed in 2008 in partnership between three organisations: Ushahidi, Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO), and InfoNet.
The Role of Uchaguzi initiative is to ensure that Citizens participation in the Electoral process and access to Electoral Services. The Uchaguzi Ecosystem brings together Observers from CRECO 700 + monitors located at various polling stations around the country that perform the important task of Verification. The Ecosystem also brings the Action Response Teams through InfoNET that comprises of the EMBs (Electoral Management Bodies) to respond and action all verified reports. The Action Response Team also works with a team of Analysts to give a state of the Nation Report throughout the Electoral period. Uchaguzi toll free shortcode 20166 is being used for SMS messages countrywide.
The strong room model aims to bring together civil society groups, independent management bodies, development partners for the period of the election, sharing information and resources, observation, monitoring, anticipating problems and responding swiftly when they occur ahead of the general elections in Kenya.
KEIC aims to ensure that the efforts of the civil society to promote free and fair elections are coordinated and are as effective as possible.
KEIC aims to ensure response near (real time) to reports raised on the platform.
To facilitate effective information management for a credible, peaceful, free and fair elections in Kenya.
The role of civil society in ensuring the success of election is partly shaped by the environment in which they are operating and by the traditional nature of their intervention, which is usually observation and reporting after the fact.
Traditional election observation has contributed to the improved quality of election by providing opportunity for peer review and learning; putting the election process under the spotlight, thereby reducing the chances of impunity; and providing evidence-based documentation of elections.
However, these modes of intervention have limitations. Election Observation, documents events in the election and presents a report at the end of the elections with recommendations on how to improve the electoral process.
Elections are key to the strengthening and growth of democracy because they provide a platform for popular involvement which gives democracy its legitimacy and credibility. To ensure peace and political stability, elections must be credible because lack of credibility causes civil unrest, tension and instability.
Elections in Kenya have often been characterized by speculations of logistical issues that would affect voting, vote counting and general vote safety. The delays in receiving information, validating it and transmitting it to the relevant platforms raises questions to the credibility and fairness of the elections.
The Kenya Elections Information center (KEIC) seeks to respond to this problem by setting up innovative ways of generating timely information, verifying, analysis as well as timely dissemination to relevant stakeholders to stimulate response reaction.
- Effective content management system
- ICT and SMS application in election observation and monitoring
- Stakeholder identification and characterization
- Training and deployment of observers
- Expert analysis, validation and dissemination of real-time information
The various platforms include:
- Citizens Platform
- Inclusivity Platform (PWD)
- Women & Youth Platform
- Observers Platform
- Monitors Platforms