The Carter Center is excited to share news about our continuing work with the Episcopal Commission of Justice and Peace (CEJP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). CEJP is the Carter Center’s first partner in sub-Saharan Africa to use ELMO for citizen-led election observation. In the fall of 2014, CEJP members Cyrille Ebotoko and Marie Danielle Luyoyo Pwenika also joined the Carter Center for their first international election observation mission to become more familiar with our Democratic Election Standards and ELMO in the field. More than 100 long-term observers from CEJP will continue to monitor developments in the lead up to local elections and report their findings via ELMO SMS. As part of this effort, we would also like to acknowledge and thank Twilio, a San Francisco-headquartered telecomm organization, for their support in powering this SMS-driven project. Twilio has kindly provided SMS credits and discounted services to help advance the work of The Carter Center and CEJP in the DRC.
Following observation of local elections, our partners will engage in long-term observation of DRC’s several elections scheduled for 2016, including the presidential and national assembly elections. Stay tuned in the coming months for more details.