On 27th November 2013, and with the support of Heinrich Boll Stiftung, East and Horn of Africa, CEEC launched two e-participation platforms under the name “Sauti Mtaani” to facilitate engagement between youth and their Members of County Assembly (MCAs). These were an sms platform and a Facebook application. Drawing from lessons learnt in the pilot phase, CEEC re-designed the Sauti Mtaani platform to make it more user friendly. The re-designed Sauti Mtaani Platform was launched on 26th September 2014 at the YMCA, State House Road under the second phase of “Youth and Devolved Governance” project.
The Sauti Mtaani platform is a web based portal which enables the youth to send text messages to their respective MCAs through a short code (21393). The MCAs then respond to the concerns raised by the youth from any web enabled device. This means the MCAs are able to communicate with the youth even when they are physically away from their wards. To further enhance interactions, the platform is complemented by a Facebook page.
You can view photos from the launch here