How the SLOEDP can enhance what they are doing in 2018

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In blog number 4, part two, we continue to talk about civil society organizations and the NEW, especially, with regard to how the SLOEDP can enhance what they are doing in 2018.  Specifically, if I did not make this point enough in part 1, the SLOEDP will enhance what the NEW is trying to do because they can use their information and upload it into the platform, accredited to them...  We would then have the data with the potential of doing some analysis with them from near (in country) and afar (diaspora multi-sims and int'l partners).  This makes their work further reaching than if they only have it as they did in 2012; viz: http://www.nationalelectionwatchsl.org   The platform is about complementing and not competing or obstructing what they already do so well even in spite of the challenges. In 2012, NEW did what is known as PVT (parallel vote tabulation) and they are expected to do something similar in March.  What that does is that it takes a sample of polling stations and using statistical analyses, will extrapolate the accuracy of the election as reported on and published by the EMB (electoral management body; NEC in our case).  https://www.ndi.org/pvt   This takes a specialized skill. NEW wrote extensively in their 2012 report about the PVT with lots of statistical data; and almost magically, the results mirrored exactly what the NEC published as final Presidential results.   In summary, to date, we have tried to show how three major groups in the NEC, the RAIC and the NEW (civil society) in the puzzle can use the SLOEDP to benefit all of their work.  There are others including the media, political parties, international observers, and yes, ordinary citizens.  We will opine on them and their roles in subsequent discussions. What we would like to see happen as well-meaning Sierra Leoneans and our supporters, is for all of us to see the value of what we are giving to the people of Sierra Leone and that it has lasting benefits to our country and her people.   The open data community, except it is ALL lip service that we pretend around, should know what to do with regard to making things happen.  (Savisman for bayg for dan dey agayn?  Ah bo). In the final analysis, we are committed to bringing this type of open election data to the people of Sierra Leone who would deserve it and are mandated by law to receive it.   And we will take it to the rest of the world, especially other African countries that need such so badly.   We believe even if, after the elections of 2018, we will with volunteers, as we have shown recently, input all the data in the public domain into the platform within a week; if not sooner.  Regardless! Here is where it matters most; we may fail on some of the 9 principles of open data such as data being  timely but we will have the highest score in sll of the nine categories, a seven, for having the data available online, freely.   It will also be bulk and complete; granular (if polling station data is given); analyzable; non-proprietary (open source); non-discriminatory; license-free; and permanently available.   That still won't be too shabby if we did it ALL on our own with 7 or 8 out of nine principles intact.   Currently, as election data is restricted in .pdf files, our country will be scored on only one principle, if any at all.  And we would have missed the opportunity to "strengthen institutions." But we are about to change that even as LAM-TECH.  By sheer conviction and not by hook or crook. As my all time favorite lyricist would say:  “Those who have eyes to see, let them see; those who have ears to hear, let them hear…” ~ Joseph Hill/Culture #StraightTalk

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