Nigeria votes: Can technology bring about a free and fair election?

Alex Court, for CNN

Updated 6:46 AM ET, Thu March 26, 2015
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The elections on March 28 will see president Goodluck Jonathan (R) face off against presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari from the All Progressive Congress party. STR/AFP/Getty Images/File
The Co-Creation Hub is where the TechSQUADS originate. The self-described "social innovation center" brings technologists together with coders, hackers and security specialists to create platforms which help citizens get involved in the election. Errol Barnett/CNN
In the battle for votes, all political parties are putting posters up in major cities and towns across the country. In a recent survey carried out by Afrobarometer, Jonathan's performance received approval from 39% of citizens and disapproval from 59%. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images/File
Supporters of president Jonathan say the mild-mannered academic, who is the son of a canoe-carver, deserves another term in office. His late father, Lawrence, was quoted as saying that he "called him Goodluck because although life was hard for me when he was born, I had this feeling that this boy would bring me good luck." PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images/File
Since being elected president in April 2011, however, Jonathan has been criticized for his response to the Boko Haram insurgency in the country's North-East and also for ending fuel subsidies. His detractors also say he has not done enough to battle corruption or mass unemployment. AFP/Getty Images
Presidential candidate for the All Progressive Congress party, Muhammadu Buhari, is Jonathan's main rival. The adversaries are no strangers. In the 2011 elections, Jonathan won 58.89% of votes, whereas Buhari won 31.98%. Buhari is a conservative Muslim from the north who ruled Nigeria between 1983 and 1985. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images/File
The Maiduguri Experimental School, in north-eastern Nigeria, was burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram to keep children away from school. Combating the extremist militants, which have terrorized northern Nigeria since 2009, is a key election issue. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/GettyImages/File
Election officials test voter card readers in preparation for the upcoming elections. "The introduction of the card readers is expected to reduce the possibility of electoral fraud and election rigging, and to further build the confidence of voters in the electoral process," explains YIAGA Program Manager, Cynthia Mbamalu. Courtesy: Sarah Cooper/NDI
A photograph of President Goodluck Jonathan is displayed on a joint campaign billboard of the ruling People's Democratic Party. AFP/Getty Images