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Algeria: 2012 Election Watchdog launched by Internet Activists

Categories: Algeria, Citizen Media, Elections, Politics, Technology

With the upcoming Algerian Legislative Election [1] scheduled for May 10, 2012, one of the many elections taking place in 2012 [2] [fr] within the continent of Africa, a collaborative website called Nahrag [3] [ar] has just been launched by internet activists. Putting the case for more transparency in an election threatened with widespread boycott, the creators are using a collaborative map tool called Ushahidi [4] (Swahili for ‘witness’). This map will be updated to include descriptions by Algerian citizens, exposing any irregularities which might occur during the ¬†election. There are 42,000 polling stations in the country.