Orodata Science in partnership with Open Cities Lab has developed a platform called MyCandidate where Nigerians can get information about every candidate vying for positions at all levels in the 2023 general elections.
MyCandidate Nigeria which is an open-source platform relies on the exhaustive information provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and verified information sourced from the media.
Announcing the launch of the platform in a press release, Uche Otti, the Program Lead of Orodata, explained that the initiative is meant to close the knowledge gap between electorates and candidates as well as to support journalists and civil society organizations that aim to track the progress of each candidate after elections.
Oti mentioned that the initiative will enable voters to have adequate knowledge and make informed decisions about the candidates they want to vote for during the polls.
“MyCandidate Nigeria is an essential resource for making your voice heard in the 2023 Nigerian general elections. We encourage all citizens to use this platform and to make an informed choice about who will lead their country for the next four years.
“With MyCandidate Nigeria, citizens can feel confident in their voting decisions, knowing that they have the necessary information and resources to make an educated choice,” Oti added.
The press release reads in part that, “the platform has two key features; ‘Locate me’ and ‘Address search’. Users who visit are met by a large ‘Locate me’ button which upon clicking, prompts them to ‘allow MyCandidate’ to access their location. Users are to click ‘allow’ which then brings out their exact coordinates, and address details showing their state, senatorial district, and local government area.
“Users are able to see a list of all candidates from the Presidency, the Senate, Governorship, and House of Representatives elections. MyCandidate Nigeria also features an embed code, a piece of HTML code that can be used to embed its content into another website. This code can be copied and pasted onto any website that supports HTML.
“Online news platforms, civil society institutions, and other organizations can use this embed code to add MyCandidate Nigeria to their own websites. This allows them to share the candidates’ profiles with their own audience.”
Orodata Science is known for improving the usage of data to empower people and institutions to tackle societal issues for development.
More information about MyCandidate Nigeria can be found here.