The current opinion poll results by major research companies have elicited “heat more than light”, with allegations that they have been doctored to favour certain candidates, and the techies have been working on a solution to bypass the issues raised by current opinion polls.
Shadow Election is an application that is linked with Facebook to conduct polls across the world. Facebook has its own in-built poll function, but with Shadow Election it is embedded in a world map and one can see votes for any candidate from around the world.
The only limitation with this platform is that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has not authorised Diaspora voting in this election, except among Kenyans living across East Africa. Therefore, whatever votes come from foreign countries on the Shadow Election platform might affect the true results.
However, the platform offers more. It gathers every news item that happens around the presidential aspirants and lets users vote ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ on the news item, thus giving a general analysis on how the aspirants are perceived by the public through social media.
This year’s election has had a number of websites launch in order to analyse the political environment. Nearly two weeks ago, Google launched its Kenyan Election hub to relay news and information about those gunning for the presidency in the country.
Opinion Yetu, yet to be launched in Kenya, also seeks to make opinion polls count in Kenya. It cites the problem of polls done by research firm as one that elicits question of who was asked and what questions were asked during the survey.
“We then decided to come up with Opinion Yetu that would allow Kenyans to contribute to polls openly, easily and faster,” the company said. Now you can easily sign up on the platform and make your opinion known, not only to the presidential contenders but also to candidates for other elective positions.
MyAspirantMyLeader also launched recently with information about those vying for different seats. The site became an instant relief to those who wanted information on less-known personalities, especially before party nominations.