About Sudan Vote Monitor 

Sudan VoteMonitor is a project led by the Sudan Institute for Research and Policy (SIRP) http://www.sudaninstitute.org and Asmaa Society for Development http://asmaasociety.org/, in collaboration with other Sudanese civil society organizations, and supported by eMoksha.org, Ushahidi.com and the Standby Taskforce.

The purpose of this initiative is to utilize information and communication technology (ICT) to support the independent monitoring and reporting of the referendum by Civil Society Organizations, the media and the general public. Sudan Vote Monitor will receive reports via text message, email and through its website. All reports will be mapped by our volunteers and posted to our website in real time. We will also produce a daily summary blog post of the reports we have received.

Sudan Vote Monitor was also deployed to monitor the elections in Sudan in April 2010. Over the last three years, civil society organizations (CSOs) in several countries have succeeded in using ICT tools to support the conduct of fair and credible elections. This is possible through the utilization of open source software and support of volunteers from Ushahidi, a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline.

This technology is particularly useful in Sudan where long distances and inadequate infrastructure pose a significant challenge. The spread of mobile communications throughout Sudan in recent years offers a unique and feasible opportunity to overcome this challenge. The proposed technology is the closest thing to a real-time observation of what is happening in a polling station in a remote part of Sudan.