Africa Check to build elec­tion prom­ise tracker

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

Africa Check, an in­de­pen­dent fact-check­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, is set to build a tracker that will help cit­i­zens hold their lead­ers ac­count­able.

In or­der to make “The African Elec­tion Prom­ise Tracker,” a re­al­ity, Africa Check is run­ning a crowd-fund­ing cam­paign through the GivenGain plat­form, un­til Novem­ber 30.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, a R260, 000, or $20,000 tar­get has been set to build the tool sched­uled to be launched early 2018.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Director of Africa Check, Peter Cun­liffe-Jones, said “If politi­cians see they have to keep the prom­ises they made to get elected, it will trans­form the world we all live in.

“Schools, roads and hos­pi­tals will be built in bricks and mor­tar, and not re­main as paper prom­ises. That is why we want to track prom­ises made by lead­ers elected in four key coun­tries: South Africa, Kenya, Nige­ria and Sene­gal,” he added.

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