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Know your candidate: an app for Lebanese elections 2018

Know Your Candidate Elections 2018

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Know your candidate: an app for Lebanese elections 2018

After nine years of having the same Members of Parliament by extending their own term, Lebanon will finally be able to cast a vote on the 6th of May.

Through these nine years, several changes were made regarding the election process and the candidates. With nine years delay, a large number of first-time voters has appeared. Those young voters need a reference to find answers that help them cast their vote accordingly.

To do so, a new app, called Elections 2018 – إعرف مرشحك, was recently launched in order to give all Lebanese voters the chance to discover, search and communicate with the candidates before, during, and after the Lebanese Elections 2018. Voters can send any message, question, inquiry, or even request support from candidates running for elections, thus establishing an open channel and link between the potential MPs and the Lebanese population.

The app (available on iOS and Android) was created to spread awareness and provide voters with specific information about candidates’ agenda and plans, as well as a platform to communicate with candidates. The platform aims at minimizing the amount of people that vote randomly, while increasing peoples’ knowledge of each candidate’s plans and program.

The app’s main features include:

  • Chatting directly with the candidates (encrypted messages)
  • Listing candidates according to districts with filters
  • Providing an advanced interactive map for candidates
  • Supporting favorite candidates, taking photos & sharing
  • Offering the latest news per district with push notifications
  • Posting results, announcements, and electoral locations

The app has acquired Lebanese patent, and only two days after launching, has gone viral with 35,000 downloads in less than 10 days, and is now ranked among the Top 10 Apps in Lebanon as well as Top 1 App under the news category.

The app is one of several initiatives to improve the electoral process in Lebanon and bring a change to Lebanon’s political scene.

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