Uchaguzi: 26th October Situation Room Update #1

Oct 26, 2017

The Uchaguzi team has received hundreds of reports that have come into the Uchaguzi platform through SMS, Twitter or the web platform, and from other social media streams.

Early analysis points to the election situation being calm and methodical. There has been huge voter turnout in Naivasha, Runyenjes (Embu), Siakago, Kajiado East, Nyeri, and Kikuyu, with long queues been seen.  Kibera has five polling stations opened, however the voting processes there have been tense. Low voter turnout has been experienced in parts of Dagoretti North constituency while in Wajir and in parts of Lamu, there are no reports of any voting taking place.

In Migori and Siaya, there is no voting taking place and voting materials are yet to be distributed to the various polling stations in these locations. In places that are likely hotspots for violence such as Kisumu, Kawangware and Karanja-Kibera, there is a heavy presence of armed security forces.

Incidences of voting disruptions have been witnessed in an area called Bangladesh in Mombasa where youth have barricaded the road. Violence has also been reported in Nairobi, as cars along Juja road are been stoned.

Report by Uchaguzi 2017 Analysis Team.

About Uchaguzi

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. 

For more information: https://www.ushahidi.com/uchaguzi-support/