Wardchat leverages technology to connect voters across Nigeria


Wardchat, a Nigerian non-partisan social community connecting voters from the exact same polling unit, ward, nearby governing administration and point out has been launched in Nigeria.

The system is structured to present voters with comprehensive and current details about elections in accordance with unique polling units and states.

Kunle Lawal, Region Guide, Wardchat, throughout the official launch of the app disclosed that it is the World’s 1st social network purposely developed for an electoral neighborhood.

“It is an efficient and good social network with custom made attributes developed on Nigeria’s electoral composition covering 36 states and the FCT, 774 Community Governments, 8000 wards, and over 176,000 polling models across the country,” Kunle reported.

He spelled out that wallchart will enjoy in the social media house with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Opera information hub but will only differ in the specialized niche industry it would be serving which is the electoral local community in Nigeria.

In accordance to him, the system produces connections by matching users’ electoral profiles thus encouraging to foster engagement amongst voters that direct to much better electoral results, targeted audience conversations, and ward-centric discussions.

Kunle mentioned that the realization that every polling unit is a community of voters that requirements to link and interact as voters, irrespective of their home, educated the development of the application.

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Talking on the impression of the app on elections, the nation lead, disclosed that the system was created with a very long-phrase vision and not necessarily for the forthcoming election.

“We are just pleased this is coming at the suitable time for the 2023 elections for a peek into what the item can probably turn into. We do not want to change the way folks vote. We want to aid and create associations amongst voters that will permit them to impact each and every other and collaborate for far more educated electoral decisions.

“We believe that that acquiring rapport and believe in amongst voters at the ward level is a vital component of persuasion to conclude voter apathy and unfriendly debates in our electoral house,” Kunle explained.

The nation guide mentioned that Wardchat aims to have 7million voters on board on the application in 5 a long time symbolizing 10 percent of the voting inhabitants and also targeting 1 million indication-ups on the system with in excess of 1.5 million articles created in the operate-up to the 2023 election.

He additional that Wardchat designs to signal up a sizable selection of voters that can use its remarkable app capabilities for incidence reporting, election monitoring, voter education and learning, random polling, and political strategies, at no value to them and also extra options to deploy a attribute that will enable users to report effects from their polling units.

Religion Ariori, a member of the Wardchat staff spelled out that while building the app, the organization realized the have to have to deal with some of the worries presently commonplace in the social media space, especially on info privacy and defense of end users from detest speech and any sort of harm.

She observed that the platform also has flags and blocking mechanisms for end users who flag abusive posts which are then car taken off from the feed and block buyers that are deemed harmful.

“We also deployed Usernames and not Comprehensive names for signups, so people can remain anonymous if they so want. Telephone quantities are also optional. On the spread of faux news and hate speech, designed in just the app is a newsfeed of highly regarded, reliable, and highly regarded on the net and traditional media from wherever associates can share news across wards, states, and area governments on the platform,” Religion stated.


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