In the Philippines, 27 people have been killed in violent election related incidents according to national papers. Five running councilors, and a mayor were among the casualties leading up to the May 10th general elections. As with every election, the country is hoping for fair and honest proceedings. And a grassroots based electoral campaign is aiming to ensure this year’s elections are transparent. Vote Report Philippines (VoteReportPH) aims to inform, organize and mobilize the Filipino people to push for meaningful reform with the aid of new media technology.
Computer Professionals’ Union is using the Ushahidi platform amongst other tools to empower people in the Philippines with the ability to orient the masses in the nature of the Philippine elections. Anyone who has witnessed or knows of an incident has the power to text or email in and report electronic voting monitor/document occurrences of electoral fraud and promotes candidates and parties that subscribe to the politics of change.
Through VoteReportPH citizens are able to strengthen democracy by ensuring their voices are heard. The group behind this instance is also providing voter education, which is very important as tools are only one part of the equation. The offline strategy is always something other organizations should keep in mind when they use technology. More information on that is on their site. An excellent interview with Rick, the lead on the project is available on TechTransparent.
For the community in Phillipines: To Report Fraud:
1. Send SMS to
09274004190 (GLOBE) or
09995178201 (SMART) and
2. By sending an email to votereportph at cp-union .com.
3. By sending a tweet with the hashtag/s #aes2010 or #kontradaya or #votereportph.
4. By filling a form on the votereportph website.