The Mourakiboun network, in a first step to prepare for its observation mission of Tunisia’s upcoming legislative and presidential elections, conducted a Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) simulation on June 15, 2014. This simulation is a proving ground for what will be Mourakiboun’s first PVT (supported by the National Democratic Institute), offering independent verification of election results based on a representative sample of polling centers across Tunisia.

On June 15th, Mourakiboun’s 640 volunteers deployed in all 264 delegations and covered 520 polling centers – about 10 percent of Tunisia’s centers The selection of these centers was made possible by Mourakiboun’s innovative polling center mapping project, an ongoing effort to geolocate Tunisia’s 4,800+ centers. With over 85 percent of the centers mapped, volunteers were able to travel to geolocated polling centers in both rural and urban areas for a more realistic simulation of the upcoming E-days.

Volunteers sent SMSs to Mourakiboun’s operation room that included a code for each geolocated polling center. This allowed Mourakiboun not only to receive real time data, but also to know the source and exact coordinates of each observer, adding accuracy and transparency to the eventual observation mission’s findings.

The dynamic polling center map is useful not only for the PVT but a range of purposes, including:

• Providing election officials with a valuable tool to help them allocate human and financial resources more efficiently in administering future elections;

• Offering political parties, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders with a resource to facilitate strategic planning and outreach efforts; and

• Facilitating the visualization of data from the polling center level to promote greater transparency, accountability, and understanding of the electoral process.

A complete dynamic map that has the GPS data collected for all 4,833 polling centers used during the 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections will be displayed on Tunisia Election Data website within the next month and it will be available for the public to use and repurpose, as is all the data on the platform.