Nigerians may know who the winner of the forthcoming presidential election is without having fto rely on government confirmation first. This is because of the many Internet apps that local tech geeks are deploying to help citiizens monitor and report the process. Voters are able to confirm their eligibility as well as monitor vote counts. This promises to mirror and even better the 2011 elections when voters used Twitter to share live votie counts direct from the polling centres.
Some of the citizen-powered websites have information on what to do on election day and how to lodge complaints. Others like “Thumbpower” say “It’s a simple thing really, just vote”.
The two main contenders are the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, and the former military dictator General Muhammadu Buhari. It is the closest election the country has witnessed in recent history and seems too close to call.