Press Release: Set to Prevent Election Rigging in Osun State August 9 Elections

In view of past, and sadly normal occurrences of irregularities and jeopardy in the electoral processes that Nigeria has experienced in the previous elections, the platform Haven successfully been used in Ekiti State Gubernatorial Polls is ready to ensure transparency inTomorrow’s Osun Governorship elections in a bid to ensure free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.

10001457_10152317125990813_690581972810540956_n, an online platform designed to prevent election rigging in the coming elections in Nigeria using mobile phones,  powered by the Innovative Technologies for Development Foundation (IT4D), will be fully operational Saturday August 9, 2014., for the gubernatorial election holding in Osun State.

The platform has been designed to use one of the most ubiquitous things in Nigeria, mobile phones, in empowering the electorate to protect the integrity and transparency of the election process.

The platform accepts SMS: the electorate can send in reports of whatever situation is happening in their polling units as well as the announced election result of their own polling units after the election. Reports related to Election violence will be in real-time sent to Nigerian Police and INEC will be also notified in real-time if Report is Election conduct related (All this processes are done by an Artificial Intelligent module of the Platform).


Representatives of the initiative have been in Osun State for two weeks, sensitizing the people about the platform to help spread the word about the initiative. The effectiveness of the platform depends on the active participation of voters in the electoral process scheduled to take place tomorrow August 9.

This will require the submission of the election results announced in each polling unit by SMS to the NigeriaDecide platform for it to be stored on the secure server and displayed on the website for people to have a picture of how the polls is going in real-time., and for further processing in case it is evident that the polls was not transparent enough.

As part of efforts to make the people of Osun State aware of the platform and educate them on how to make use of the platform in ensuring that their choice of leadership is reflected in the results of the governorship scheduled to hold in the state come Saturday, some NigeriaDecide team members were on local radio programmes in the state

To be part of this citizen election monitoring platform, you must be registered to vote:

1 Send Situation of election in your polling unit to 09037346541 as it they happen,

2. Send in election results announced at their polling units in the following format via SMS: “party acronym and score” space “party acronym and score” until the last party and score e.g. aa50  apc53  acd52  pdp53  and send to 09037346541.

3. You can also send in situation reports concerning what is happening and how the election is going.

4. You can take pictures of the election result sheet pasted at the polling unit after the election.

5. You can also take audio and video recordings (Don’t do this if you are in a tensed polling unit, just send SMS) of the result announcement process in the polling unit.

6. Immediately, the message is passed through a sentiment detection algorithm to filter out malicious messages.

7. Genuine messages (situation reports and polling unit election results) are automatically available on the website ( in real time

8. The Nigerian Police Force is immediately notified of security issues sent to the platform for quick response, if the report sent is violence related.

9. INEC is notified of the conduct of election if report is Election related after being checked by a Language analysis algorithm.

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There have been rumors circulated recently that INEC officials announced on radio that no one is allowed to be with a mobile phone at polling units during election tomorrow. However, we want to dispel the fear of the people of Osun that everyone has a right to handle their mobile phones during the election. The INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday at the stakeholders’ meeting, only said that no one is allowed to take pictures of ballot papers as this will compromise the open-secret ballot system of voting which the Nigerian constitution stipulates for elections, as directed by some parties to their supporters.


“To photograph the ballot paper will be a violation of the secrecy of the ballot. It is illegal and I will urge voters to disregard that directive.” [1]

We enjoin all Nigerians to work together to make coming elections free and fair.

The NigeriaDecide platform is powered by Innovative Technologies for Development Foundation (IT4D), a technology-inclined non-governmental organisation with focus on using technology to spur sustainable development in Africa, Nigeria especially. IT4D is the brain behind, many other technology related initiatives, and an MDG initiative to use mobile phones in ensuring Nigeria achieves MDGs 4 & 5 before the 2015 deadline.

for more information, contact or call 070025683767. or visit

[1]- retrieved 8/8/2014 2:48pm.

New Dates for Phase 2 of PVC Distribution, CVR – @inecnigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the second phase of its programme of distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) involving 12 states

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The PVCs will now be distributed at the polling unit level in the affected states from Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014; instead of July 18th to July 20thas was earlier scheduled. At the end of the polling unit level distribution, uncollected PVCs will be taken to respective local government office of the Commission for subsequent distribution.


CVR in the affected states will now be from Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, to Monday, August 25th, 2014; instead of July 23rd to July 27th as was earlier scheduled.


The states involved in the second phase of the programme are Yobe, Bauchi (North East), Jigawa, Sokoto (North West), FCT, Kwara (North Central), Anambra, Ebonyi (South East), Ondo, Oyo (South West) and Delta, Cross River (South South). 


With the rescheduling of Phase 2 of the programme, new dates will be announced later for Phase 3 involving Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Rivers states.


Kayode Robert Idowu

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

Osun REC on leave, not removed – @inecnigeria

Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has been requested to proceed on leave of absence – for his own safety and as his contribution to ensuring the credibility of the state governorship election scheduled for August 9, 2014.

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He has not been removed or redeployed as widely reported in the media today, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
The REC was requested by the Commission to step aside against the backdrop of intense partisan acrimony over his person. He acceded to the request, knowing the effort being invested by INEC to make the Osun governorship election free, fair and credible. He has not been indicted for any offence, and the appeal by INEC for a stay of execution of the interlocutory order restraining the Commission from recognising him as Osun REC still subsist.
For avoidance of doubt, Ambassador Rufus Akeju remains INEC’s substantive Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State. But another Resident Electoral Commissioner will hold fort for the period that Akeju will be away on his leave of absence.
The Commission hereby reaffirms commitment to spare no effort in ensuring that the upcoming Osun State governorship election is successful, and that it meets the best possible standard of credibility. It urges all other stakeholders to join in this commitment.
Kayode Robert Idowu
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

Osun election will be better than Ekiti – @inecnigeria Chairman

Despite widespread applause for the recent Ekiti State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working hard to make the upcoming Osun State governorship election better, the Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has said.


INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega


He said no effort would be spared to make the Osun election scheduled for August 9, 2014, more qualitative in all aspects than the June 21 Ekiti State election which has been widely acclaimed as the best so far by the Commission. He spoke on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, when the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, H. E. Gu Xiaojie, paid a courtesy visit to the Commission.


The Chairman said the present Commission had since 2010 when it came on board been devoted to improving the electoral process in Nigeria, “to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws.”


He added: “Since 2011, we have been doing our best to keep on improving the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. We have cleaned up the Register of Voters, and we have been doing our best to address the challenge of logistics of deployment, which has been a major obstacle to our conduct of good elections. I am pleased to say there has been progressive improvement in the series of governorship elections that we have conducted since 2011, culminating in the Ekiti election that we conducted two weeks ago, and which has been generally acknowledged as perhaps the best election that we have conducted so far. On the 9th of August, we have another election in Osun State and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the Osun election is better than Ekiti.”


Professor Jega restated INEC readiness to conduct the 2015 general election in all states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas. He said: “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some states. On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states.”


The Commission, according to him, has improved its engagement stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others – in order to deepen the political process. “We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process,” he said.


The Chairman also acknowledged the support of the international community for Nigeria’s electoral process. “Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of Nigeria have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of the electoral process.”


The Chinese envoy, in his remarks, said there is much that his country and Nigeria could mutually learn from each other’s electoral experience. He added that Nigeria being an important country in Africa, global attention is on the country as it prepares to conduct the 2015 general election.



Kayode Robert Idowu

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

@inecnigeria will commence Nationwide distribution starting 23rd May

This is to inform the general public that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will commence the nationwide distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in three phases as follows:

See here for the nationwide schedule

Unbiased Profile of 2014 & 2015 General Elections Candidates

As a part of @nigeriadecide ‘s effort to provide Nigerians with needed pre-election information to have an in-dept knowledge of the process, stakeholders and the timelines , we are pleased to inform you that you can now access detailed profile of all the over 10,000 candidates contesting for various public position under auspices of the 25 different political parties in the country.


The various profiles are end results of research and investigative efforts, if you have any further information about any candidate, kindly forward it + evidence of your claim to so we can include. You can also make use of comment box below each candidate to add more information about the candidate.

Disclaimer: is a non-partisan initiative comprising of individuals across the 37 states in the federation who are passionate about making the change Nigeria require, to join the movement, send mail to

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INEC Starts Demarcation Of Constituencies For 2015 General Elections

0902F15.Attahiru-JegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has instituted a committee saddled with the responsibility of carrying out a major redrawing of constituencies, which may affect representation in the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, has begun.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday inaugurated the committee to redelineate the constituencies nationwide.

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