Citizen Powered Election Monitoring in India (
April 13th, 2009


Patrick Meier announced that the Ushahidi platform has been deployed at [blog] to crowdsource the monitoring of Indiaas upcoming elections. [Press Release] [@votereportindia on Twitter] [Votereportindia’s PbWiki] [FAQ]

Patrick is a Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where he co-leads the Crisis Mapping and Early Warning Program. He is on the Ushahidi Board of Advisors and blogs at iRevolution.

‘The Story Behind Vote Report India’, by Gaurav Mishra

Vote Report India ( is a collaborative citizen-driven election monitoring platform for the 2009 Indian general elections.

Basically, users contribute direct SMS, email, and web reports on violations of the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct (PDF). The platform will then aggregate these direct reports with news reports, blog posts, photos, videos and tweets related to the elections from all relevant sources, in one place, on an interactive map.

We are hoping that Vote Report India will not only increase transparency and accountability in the Indian election process, but also provide the most complete picture of public opinion in India during the elections.

Vote Report India is a non-partisan all-volunteer collaboration between software developers, designers, academics, and other professionals to bring transparency to the 2009 Indian elections.

Vote Report India is powered by two path-breaking non-profit open-source projects — Ushahidi and SwiftRiver — and managed by eMoksha. Ushahidi is an award-winning platform that crowd-sources crisis information. SwiftRiver is a platform that makes sense of multiple sources of information in a fast-changing crisis situation. eMoksha is a non-profit organization that aims to enable stronger democracies through increased citizen awareness and engagement.

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