The Liberia Elections Observation Network (LEON) yesterday announced that it has begun operations and opened its data center at the Headquarters of the Federation of Liberian Youth in Monrovia.

LEON says it will analyze data as they arrive from the field through SMS submitted by 140 Long Terms Observers (LTOs) and 1000 Short Terms Observers (STOs).

The SMS go directly into the LEON database through specially developed software. It has a team of data analysts working in shifts, who will be analyzing information on opening, voting, and counting through the period of the election.