ElectBy returns for elections in Belarus

Jul 12, 2012
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ElectBy.org, an Ushahidi-based platform for monitoring electoral violations, has returned to Belarus after a 16-month absence. The platform, created on the eve of the 2010 elections, collected nearly 650 reports of irregularities by December 19. On election day, the website received more than 8,000 visitors.

Now the platform has returned to monitor the 2012 parliamentary elections. Newly added tools allow for quick sharing to and from social networks. Visitors can still report violations by SMS (to a Lithuanian number, since Belrusian mobile service providers would immediately disconnect a number upon learning of its function), on Twitter using #electby, and by posting them on the site itself. The platform has already received 63 reports from Minsk alone in regard to the upcoming September elections.

The success of electby.org suggests that citizen reporting and crowdsourcing facts may be effective in Belarus – although the contrary opinion is predominant. Maybe activists will be able to go beyond their regular circle and share the service with the general public? Strangely enough, this has not happened at all in recent years.


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Alaksiej Lavoncyk

Alaksiej Lavonczyk is a media activist and social media expert from Minsk, Belarus. He had been in charge of the training projects for the NGOs and media on building their capacity in online campaigning and end-user security. Alaksiej had also acted as a consulting and technical expert for NGOs and media in Belarus and four countries of Central Asia (except Turkmenistan) on upgrading media/NGO websites to meet contemporary standards, and on their promotion online. Alaksiej is also running an online training centre for the Central Asians preparing the specialists in SMO promotion.
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