USAID, partners map Afgan election incidents

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 21, 2009 at 6:32 PM EDT

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has teamed up with private aid groups and technology companies to develop an online map tracking election-related incidents in Afghanistan.

"This open data mapping project is one way for everyone to increase transparency as the elections roll out," USAID said in a statement.

"It allows anyone anywhere to report an incident in the name of more meaningful democratic results for better governance," it said.

The map is located at news.geocommons.com/afghanistanelection09.

USAID's partners in the project are Google, Fortius One's GeoCommons, Development Seed, Relief Star-Tides, Synergy Strike Force (SSF) and Alive in Afghanistan.

USAID said volunteers from SSF, which supports humanitarian relief and stabilization efforts in post-conflict environments, are on the ground in Jalalabad helping to collect, share and disseminate local data.

Afghans voted Thursday to elect a president for only the second time in history with President Hamid Karzai bidding for another five years in office.

Officials said it would be some days before they could determine how many of the 17 million registered voters had cast their ballots, but Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said the government was "satisfied" with turnout levels.

Some independent observers feared turnout was low, however, especially in the south where the Taliban insurgency is at its bloodiest despite a US and NATO campaign to pacify the lawless nation.

  1. Online map tracking election-related incidents in Afghanistan




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