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Group launches tech platform to track campaign pledges from politicians

A youth-led civic tech group, AdvoKC, has launched a digital platform that would allow citizens to hold government officials accountable for their campaign pledges after the election.

The digital platform called “Promise Meter” was developed to bridge the gap between government officials and the electorate when it comes to efficient service delivery.

The platform launched on Saturday after months of beta testing.

In a statement after the launch, the group explained that the “Promise Meter” would allow people, who voted for a preferred candidate based on their needs, to follow campaign promises.

AdvocKC added that the organization’s goal was to ensure a success rate in fulfilling campaign promises among political office holders.

The statement read in part: “In Nigeria, voters are inspired to work for the candidate or political party whose campaign promises match their social, economic and political needs. But are always disappointed when these promises are not kept.

According to the group’s co-founder / head of research, Habib Sheidu, the digital platform leverages technology through its data-driven promise counters to articulate political promises that are made during political campaigns.

He said he used different ratings such as “In Progress”, “Compromised”, “Blocked”, “Promise kept” and “Promise broken”, adding that the Promise Meter will display ratings allowing citizens to make informed decisions. during the elections.

AdvoKC Co-Founder / Team Leader Abiola Durodola also said the model is not only focused on transparency and accountability, but also on citizen engagement and participation in Nigeria, as politicians use promises as a political strategy to garner votes during campaigns.

He added that one of the main mandates of the group is to tackle the problem of the political elites in Nigeria who exploit poverty and illiteracy to mobilize voters with food and cash without keeping their promises to each electoral cycle.

Beyond the “Promise Meter,” the group noted that citizens can also access other features such as Submit a Promise, Promise Reminder, Factcheck and Climate AdvoKC.

The statement also added that the group had appointed ONE Campaign executive director Serah Makka-Ugbabe as chairman of its advisory board.

Other appointees to the AdvoKC Advisory Board are World Bank Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist Dayo Ibitoye; the executive director of the African Policy Research Institute, Olumide Abimbola; Faith Nwadishi, Executive Director of CTA, and Aliyu Nuhu, PhD student at the London School of Economics.

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