During the Bolivian general elections on December 6, 2009 a number of Bolivian netizens used Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook to share their perspectives of the election. Members of Voces Bolivianas (Bolivian Voices), the Rising Voices grantee from El Alto, Bolivia, joined other Bolivian netizens for Elecciones Bolivia 2.0 citizen media coverage and we reported that.
Today (April 4th) Bolivians are voting again to elect governors and mayors of different departments and municipalities. This time Elecciones Bolivia 2.0 has gone a bit advanced and they have deployed the USAHIDI platform, which is a system based on free software for people to report using multiple tools like sms, email, twitter, web etc. The goal is to invite citizen journalists to report on election campaigns, incidents on election day, personal stories related to election, irregularities about voting process, results of vote etc. The project is also looking for accredited bloggers:
By writing posts for at least 3 paragraphs, with photos and / or videos, you can be an accredited blogger.
When you're on the list of accredited and write a blog post about the elections, the label must include eligeBO. And the system will “pull” the post and publish it on the site.
Hugo Miranda explains how to submit a report in Elecciones Bolivia 2.0:
Go to the http://elecciones2.0bolivia.com/ site and click on this icon:
This will take you to the 3rd step. In this url http://elecciones2.0bolivia.com/ushahidi/reports/submit you will see a form. It is now a matter of filling it with the most pertinent information possible, you can also can upload photos.
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There are also options:
For SMS:Send a message to the number 73289385 By e-mail: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org By twitter:Write a message with the hashtag #eligeBO and indicate from where you are, for example, Santa Cruz #SC La Paz #LP. On Facebook: Join the Facebook page, and write a message. On the web site: Click on “Post your message”, fill out the form and send it. Remember to mention the city where you are.
Uploaded pictures on Twitpic are appearing in the Elecciones Bolivia 2.0 site.
Mario Duran is updating information about the election in his blog.
Edgar informs about another citizen journalism project to report about the election.
Here are some Twitter messages from Voces Bolivianas members:
Boliviaindigena: Although there are lists pasted on the wall of the polling centers in addition to sketches, some people can not find their names. # eligeBO
Boliviaindigena: One positive side of Elections in Bolivia April 4. No vehicles. Silence and peace. That is Good for Our Health.
Jessicaolivares: I am going to school Mary Vaca Diez to cast my vote and will continue with the voting day # eligeBO # SC
Please check out the Elecciones Bolivia 2.0 site for the latest updates.
Note: All translations are done using machine translation