IEC game for first-time voters returns

2016-07-16 10:32

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Cape Town - If you need a break from Pokemon Go, the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) educational election game IXSA is back for first time voters.

Your mission is to register and vote in an election. During the game the player learns about how the election process works. Players can create an avatar, earn points, compete with friends and share their scores on Facebook.

It explains where to register and which documents one needs to vote. It is available for free in the Apple iStore, or on Google Play.

Western Cape IEC spokesperson Trevor Davids said there had been around 20 000 uploads by the end of May, and around 14 000 games were played.

Although it got three stars, it did not get glowing reviews.

A horrified Dylan Auty wrote: "Poor Design - Badly Executed Perhaps the game had some promise, in that it could teach new voters the procedures involved. However, the game falls short in every way. Bad graphics. Sluggish performance. Audio quality is terrible. Horrendous User interface. Sad day for South African Game Development".

Jeffrey Paul Galbraith wrote: "Terrible Poor attempt guys. Such a great idea but you clearly need to seek qualified professionals. We need apps like this but done right and with care."

- Get the game here for Android and iOS.

- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android.

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