Google has launched an online portal where voters, journalists and campaigners can easily track all the latest news, trends and information related to the 2014 elections. The South African Elections Hub serves as a one-stop site for voters to access election-related information, including party and candidate information, where to vote, real-time election news, search trends and some of the most engaging elections-related YouTube videos from a wide range of political parties, media and civil society. The Elections Hub is also mobile-friendly. Google has worked with a range of stakeholders including media, civil society organisations and political parties, enabling them to use technology to innovate during the elections and allow voters and politicians to share, discuss, and make informed decisions.
Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, policy and government relations manager at Google South Africa, says, “Technology is changing the way that voters and politicians share information, debate issues and make informed decisions. The internet is driving higher levels of engagement now than ever before, but there is still much that can be done. The run-up to this important election is a great opportunity for both candidates and citizens to use the internet and the site’s innovative tools.
Full Article: allAfrica.com: South African Elections Hub Launched Online.