SA’s own elections hub from Google

2014-04-19 00:00

GOOGLE have launched the South African Elections Hub, an online portal where voters, journalists and campaigners can easily track all the latest news, trends and information related to the 2014 elections.

Since 2007, the techno giant has launched over 40 editions of the Elections platform, resulting in Google elections tools and resources being used over 500 million times by people around the world.

The South African Elections Hub can be used by voters to access election-related information, including party and candidate information, where to vote, real-time election news, search trends, and elections-related YouTube videos from a wide range of political parties, media and civil society.

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.

Policy and government relations manager at Google South Africa, Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda said that technology was 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 in South Africa is a great opportunity for both candidates and citizens to use the Internet and Google’s innovative tools.

“We want citizens to be empowered during the upcoming elections, so we’re organising information to make it easy for voters to find everything they need to make an informed voting decision, all in one place,” said Mgwili-Sibanda.

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