Ugandawatch2011.org was created to provide Ugandans with a way to share their observations about elections and to provide comprehensive information about elections from a variety of sources. Citizens can SMS 6090 to report election abuses, ask questions, or praise individuals or groups that are contributing to a good election. Messages are reviewed and validated by a team of trained reviewers employed by the Democracy Monitoring Group (DEMGroup), the primary sponsor of Ugandawatch2011.org.
After messages are reviewed, they are mapped and published on the Ugandawatch2011.org. Senders may be called for more information so that citizens looking at Ugandawatch2011.org can have a more complete description of incidents. Incidents may be investigated by DEMGroup field staff. Only messages that say VERIFIED have been confirmed by DEMGroup staff or volunteers.
In addition to citizen reports, the website also offers a variety of other information sources including news from Ugandan media outlets and reports provided by DEMGroup. DEMGroup' s reports are created on a regular basis using the observations of the 22 regional field staff and 215 constituency supervisors. On Election Day DEMGroup will have more than 6200 staff contributing to reports. You can find more information about DEMGroup, on their website, www.demgroup.org .
Ugandawatch2011.org is intended to provide a blend of crowd sourced incident reports from citizens and a more comprehensive view of the election from an experienced and trained observer organization. Information from the crowd provides important examples of incidents that impact the quality of an election. However, incident reports alone do not provide a
DEMGroup' s efforts on Ugandawatch2011.org are supported by partnerships with the Citizen Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda and Citizen Election Watch - IT. DEMGroup receives technical and financial support from the National Democratic Institute and the Deepening Democracy Program a funding mechanism used by 6 international development agencies.