The governorship candidate of Action Congress in the 2007 Governorship elections, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, needed a campaign strategy to engage more directly with voters in the run up to the 2009 Ekiti State Rerun elections.
Elections in Nigeria are chaotic and fraught with numerous problems like late arrival of election materials, ballot box snatching, rigging and violence. We developed the Pollwatch project to support the election monitoring role of the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform (CODER).
The furore generated by the controversial Ekiti State Rerun Election of 2009 was followed by a period of uneasy silence. It seemed that all sides in the conflict were exhausted and just waiting for something to happen.
For the 2007 elections, I partnered with a group of Filipino developers, to build an sms-based election monitoring system (which we called QuickCount 2007). This automated system was able to receive and process sms reports including ballot count results from 18,000 Action Congress polling agents at 9,000 polling units all over the state.
Between 2004-2005, Lagos State Government of Nigeria implemented an upgrade and automation project at the Lagos State Land Registry. Through this initiative we were able to scan and archive 20 million pages of land documents including certificates of occupancy, survey maps and other land title documents.
The property taxation system in Lagos was a manual and inefficient system with fragmented charges and multiple taxation. The Land Use Charge law was introduced in year 2000 to combine the 3 existing charges into just one charge called the Land Use Charge (LUC).