Built to provide accurate and reliable information through an impartial coverage of major elections across Africa using new digital tools, the African Elections Project (www.africanelections.org ) is once again covering the Kenya general elections taking place today August 8, 2017.
As the world watches the people of Kenya decide on who should lead them for the next four years, AEP will keep its lenses fixed on activities happening in Kenya remotely using all our new media assets (live blogging on www.africanelections.org, http://africanelections.blogspot.com Twitter via @Africanelection and Facebook on African Election Project page). Trust us to deliver up-to-minute and factual updates via these platforms.
The Programmes Director of Penplusbytes, Jerry Sam said “The Kenyan elections is yet another test case for Africa and the role of the African media in projecting the continent’s successes globally begins by shunning sensationalism and focusing on impartial reportage which then helps shape Africa’s democracy.”
He further admonished that elections in Kenya hitherto characterized by violent clashes should be a thing of the past as this election indirectly stands as a check on the continent’s tenacity to develop a course of free and fair elections as a show of commitment to sustainable development.
The AEP, a flagship project of Penplusbytes, was established in 2008 and has so far covered 16 national elections in-country and more than 35 elections remotely using AEP digital tools across the African continent. These countries include Ghana (2008, 2012 & 2016), the Gambia, Liberia, Mauritius, Cote D’Ivoire, Malawi, Togo, Namibia and Rwanda (recently held elections) among others; thereby contributing to free, transparent and credible polls.
Through the AEP, over 100 journalists have been trained in the use of digital tools to cover elections in Africa. Over 17 million citizens have been reached across the continent through this project.
We urge all Kenyans to vote peacefully and ensure a free and fair elections!!!!
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