Our Votes Count is a mass enlightenment programme that would employ “crowd sourcing” technology to monitor the 2015 General Election across Nigeria. This technology we have deployed will make it possible for Nigerians to report unfolding events and activities at different election centres and polling units in real time. The programme is targeted at the electorate, as a means of reversing generalised apathy to the electioneering and electoral process in Nigeria.
One of its key objectives is to facilitate increased turnout and participation in the 2015 General Elections of younger voters; Nigerians who, by virtue of their age have just become eligible to participate in the 2015 General Election and those who will become eligible by the 2019 General Elections or even earlier in some States.
The power to shape a nation’s destiny lies in the hands of her citizens. That citizens’ power alone, that decides, through the ballot, the type of leaders that will emerge through the electoral process. By exercising their franchise, the citizens choose the type of government and leadership they desire, need or deserve. It is important that citizens are made aware of the enormous power they possess and how they must responsibly exercise this power by voting conscientiously during elections. In exercising their voting rights they have to take into consideration the credibility and competence of candidates in order to make informed choices.
Our Votes Count is an initiative of the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity). The organisation believes that with increased awareness and education among the electorate and a push to make elections count, is veritable for a truly democratic country where the elected are accountable, the rule of law reigns and impunity has no place.