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FrontlineSMS, media, and the Malawi elections

It doesn’t quite make the headlines in the same way as elections in Nigeria, the DRC or Zimbabwe, but today the people of Malawi are awaiting the results of a general election which many are saying is too close to call. A peaceful and orderly outcome is crucial. Malawi has one of the fastest growing economies in the world (although it is starting from near-bottom, admittedly) and continued stability is vital if progress is to continue.

Access to balanced and unbiased election information is often a key problem at crucial times like these. The logistical challenges of running nationwide elections is often compounded by a lack of election-specific knowledge among local media, which can often lead to misreporting, misinformation and – in worse-case scenarios – civil unrest. The availability of ICT tools for local journalists can also be problematic, compounding the problem yet further.

Malawi elections, courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/malawielectionspix/

The African Elections Project (AEP) Malawi focuses on developing the capacity of the media through the use of ICTs, and mobile-enabled AEP Malawi team members are working across the country, using voice and SMS to stay in touch with a central newsroom based in Blantyre. This newsroom is equipped with a copy of FrontlineSMS, which is helping manage incoming and outgoing SMS to and from newsroom members, and helping auto-manage and disseminate news via SMS to subscribers.

FrontlineSMS is free software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people through mobile phones.

To receive regular election updates and certified results from the Malawi Electoral Commission, log on to www.africanelections.org/malawi. Malawians can text “subscribe” to +265 884 583 980 or email their mobile number to malawi@africanelections.org.

Updates are also available on Twitter by following @malawivotes2009

The African Elections Project (AEP) Malawi is co-ordinated by the International Institute for ICT Journalism working hand in hand with key partners, with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

69 comments

1 changefeed (changefeed) { 05.20.09 at 9:21 am }

->@kiwanja: FrontlineSMS, media, and the Malawi elections http://tinyurl.com/phknap

2 changefeed { 05.20.09 at 9:21 am }

->@kiwanja: FrontlineSMS, media, and the Malawi elections http://tinyurl.com/phknap

3 malawielections09 { 05.20.09 at 9:40 am }
4 malawivotes2009 { 05.20.09 at 9:40 am }
5 malawielections09 { 05.20.09 at 9:41 am }

FrontlineSMS, media, and the Malawi elections
http://bit.ly/2r3B7E

6 malawivotes2009 { 05.20.09 at 9:41 am }

FrontlineSMS, media, and the Malawi elections
http://bit.ly/2r3B7E

7 Trey { 05.20.09 at 9:42 am }

Another great use of this software. Okay, I’m sure it’s not on the scale of what CNN would be doing, but the fact that projects now have access to a technology which previously cost huge amounts of money or needed fancy consultants and techies, this is great!!! :)

Best of luck to everyone in Malawi today….

8 lovisatalk (lovisa) { 05.20.09 at 11:55 am }

RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

9 lovisa { 05.20.09 at 11:55 am }

RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

10 lovisatalk { 05.20.09 at 11:55 am }

RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

11 GSPMgwu (GSPM) { 05.20.09 at 12:58 pm }

RT @lovisatalk RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms for results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

12 GSPM { 05.20.09 at 12:58 pm }

RT @lovisatalk RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms for results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

13 gspmgwu { 05.20.09 at 12:58 pm }

RT @lovisatalk RT @kiwanja: As Malawians await their election results, local media use @frontlinesms for results. http://is.gd/BCIQ

14 Ken Banks { 05.20.09 at 4:56 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

15 kiwanja { 05.20.09 at 4:56 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

16 isaacholeman (IsaacHoleman) { 05.20.09 at 4:59 pm }

RT @kiwanja As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

17 IsaacHoleman { 05.20.09 at 4:59 pm }

RT @kiwanja As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

18 isaacholeman { 05.20.09 at 4:59 pm }

RT @kiwanja As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

19 leo_wallentin (Leo Wallentin) { 05.20.09 at 5:01 pm }

RT @kiwanja Malawians await the outcome of their election. Local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

20 Leo Wallentin { 05.20.09 at 5:01 pm }

RT @kiwanja Malawians await the outcome of their election. Local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

21 leo wallentin { 05.20.09 at 5:01 pm }

RT @kiwanja Malawians await the outcome of their election. Local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

22 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

23 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

24 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

25 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

26 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

27 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

28 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

29 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

30 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

31 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

32 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

33 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

34 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

35 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

36 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

37 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

38 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

39 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

40 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

41 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

42 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

43 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

44 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

45 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

46 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

47 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

48 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

49 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

50 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

51 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

52 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

53 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

54 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

55 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

56 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

57 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

58 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

59 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

60 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

61 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

62 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

63 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

64 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

65 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

66 FrontlineSMS o/ { 05.20.09 at 7:55 pm }

As Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

67 lovisatalk (lovisa) { 05.20.09 at 9:41 pm }

RT @frontlinesms Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

68 lovisa { 05.20.09 at 9:41 pm }

RT @frontlinesms Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

69 lovisatalk { 05.20.09 at 9:41 pm }

RT @frontlinesms Malawians await the outcome of their election, local media use @frontlinesms to make sense of the results http://is.gd/BCIQ

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