As the country gears up for Lok Sabha elections next year, Google is doing its part in ensuring that we vote and more importantly, vote wisely. The search giant has launched an Elections Portal, wherein one will be able to get detailed information about politicians, political parties and also understand the electoral process.
Our intent is to empower voters with all the information they need at a single destination for upcoming general elections,” Google India’s Chetan Krishnaswamy wrote in a blog. “Over time we will add more functionality to enable users to interact and engage with the candidates, so that they are not simply watching from afar, but participating in, engaging with and shaping the political process in a democratic way.”
The portal will have all the up-to-date news relating to elections at one place and will also include YouTube videos and links to Hangouts hosted by political representatives. Additionally, it also has helpful information on how to register for voting and FAQs.
Krishnaswamy also mentioned that in the first phase the portal will cover news related to state elections for Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram.
Earlier this month, Facebook in partnership with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in India launched a ‘Know Your Neta’ feature, which provides information on a politician on one’s phone for free.