ECOWAS Partners Afrigist on Use of Technology to Monitor 2019 Elections

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Regional Workshop on Digital Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for Improved Governance (AFRIGIST) came to an agreement to deploy scientific technology tool to ensure a free and fair, credible polls as Nigeria’s 2019 election emerges.

The Director, Early Warning Department of the ECOWAS, Dr. Gueye Abdou Lat on Wednesday revealed that the tool, will enable its observers to use handsets that would monitor elections at specific polls, provide information to a situation room with screen technologies to view live reports of the entire exercise.

Abdou said the new method, which differs from the previous one where ECOWAS election monitoring observers go out to poll centres and report manually is outdated because of some challenges associated with the practice.

According to Abdu, the scientific technology would also be used to monitor the forthcoming elections in Mali and Senegal to ensure credible and acceptable polls.

The Executive Director of AFRIGIST, Dr. Adewale Akingbade, said it has successfully trained over 2,000 Africans on photogrammetry and has acquired a drone for further training and mapping as it migrates to digital operations.