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Tool Description

Apollo is a Citizen Engagement tool for Elections Monitoring belonging to the DemTools suite of democracy tools. The tool was originally called Elections. As a data management platform, the Elections DemTool aggregates, manages and analyzes structured data collected through text messaging, smartphone app or phone calls from trained observers across a country. With built-in data analysis, election experts can quickly spot trends and flag potential problems while maintaining direct communication with their network of observers in the field. The tool also enables citizens to ask questions directly to their elected officials who reply in short video or audio messages.

Elections are an essential component of a vibrant democracy, but to be credible they must legitimately represent the will of the voters. Citizen observation groups or political parties can provide an important, independent validation on the electoral process. Doing so effectively, however, requires rapidly collecting and managing large amounts of information from hundreds or thousands of observers and being able to determine what the data means in a timely way.

While built for election monitoring, the same problems of structured data collection and analysis occur in many important areas of international development.


NDI’s approach to election-related programs seeks to maximize the opportunities presented by elections to help advance democratic progress. Such programs promote the integrity of electoral and political processes based on international human-rights precepts and the practicalities of mobilizing citizen participation. NDI’s election-related activities are tailored to the broader political process in each country to promote citizen action as voters, monitors and candidates to achieve democratic governance, mitigate potentials for political violence and improve the lives of the populace.

During elections, time is of the essence. The data from an election observation effort needs to be quickly collected, verified, managed and analyzed so that the observer group can release their assessment in a timely manner. The Elections DemTool greatly reduces the complexity of this process and facilitates the rapid collection and analysis of the data. This allows observer groups to quickly provide key findings so that citizens know whether to have confidence in the process. The key findings also alert citizens if there have been serious problems.

مالذي يميز هذه الأداة عن غيرها في صنفها

هذه الأداة متعددة الاستعمالات و تستقبل الادخالات من خلال الرسائل النصية و ODK و تطبيقات الهاتف المحمول او الادخالات اليدوية من الانترنت. من خلال استخدام اجابات عديدة او اختيارات متعددة، هذه الاستمارات تكون سهلة على المراقبين و يتم حفظ الادخالات في سجل متكامل للرسائل.بينما تقوم قاعدة البيانات بجمع السجلات و يقوم موظفون بمراجعتها وتحريرها. يقوم مراقبون متعددون بالتأكد من صحة المراكز الانتخابية مقدمين تقريرهم في نفس الوقت و تقوم اداة الانتخابات بتخزين سجل يحتوي على رسائلهم. و بينما تأتي المعلومات من المراقبين فأن هذه الأداة بالتحقق منطقيا للتأكد من تناسق و صحة استخدام الرسائل النصية الاوتوماتيكية المرسلة للمراقبين و الذين بدورهم يصححون الاخطاء

عند استخدام هذه الاداة في يوم الانتخابات او المراقبة الطويلة المدى فيجب استعمالها ضمن استراتيجية مراقبة متكاملة والتي تتضمن تقارير البيانات و خطة إدارية بالاضافة الى خطة تواصل استراتيجية. وبذلك يتم دمج أداة الانتخاب مع استراتيجية مراقبة. و في هذا السياق تؤكد على معايير دقيقة في جمع وتحليل البيانات. يجب على هذا النوع من البرمجة ان يتضمن دائما استشارة متخصصة من خبراءفي طرق مراقبة الانتخابات في المعهد الديموقراطي الوطني. من الممكن للأستخدام الخاطئ او بيانات خاطئة او غير مكتملة ان تؤدي الى تقدير خاطئ للعمليات الانتخابية- و هذه المعلومات تساهم في شرعية الانتخابات المتلاعب فيها او تقليل ثقة الشعب بمصداقية الانتخابات

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