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What is Vote Report India?

 

Vote Report India (votereport.in) is a crowd-sourced election monitoring platform for the 2009 Indian general elections. Vote Report India is a non-partisan all-volunteer collaboration between software developers, designers, academics, and other professionals to bring transparency to the 2009 Indian elections.

 

The world’s largest democracy, India, goes to election starting April 16, 2009. The month long general elections to the 15th Lok Sabha will be held in five phases on April 16, April 22, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 13, and the results will be announced on May 16.

 

This is an important election for India, in the context of a series of terrorist attacks last year that shook up the country, and a worldwide financial crisis that threatens to derail its strong economic growth. However, as India’s 714 million voters elect their 543 representatives, we are sure to see the usual controversies that surround general elections in India: the illegal use of government resources for campaigning, incidences of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric in campaign speeches, and allegations of violence, intimidation and other irregularities during the elections.

 

Vote Report India will partner with citizens' networks, human rights organizations, and journalists to contribute direct SMS, email and web reports on violations of the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct (PDF). It will then aggregate these direct reports with news reports, blog posts, photos, videos and tweets related to the elections from all relevant sources in one place, on an interactive map. The interactive map will allow tracking the campaigns leading up to the elections, the irregularities along the way, and on the day of the elections, and the results themselves.

 

At one level, Vote Report India will serve as a critical initiative aimed at nurturing transparency and accountability in the Indian election process. At another level, the platform will provide the most complete picture of public opinion in India during the elections.

 

Vote Report India is powered by two path-breaking non-profit open-source projects -- Ushahidi and SwiftRiver -- and managed by eMoksha. Ushahidi is an award-winning platform that crowd-sources crisis information. SwiftRiver is a platform that makes sense of multiple sources of information in a fast-changing crisis situation. eMoksha is a non-profit organization that aims to enable stronger democracies through increased citizen awareness and engagement.

 

You may also want to know more about the core team, see the FAQ, and get involved.

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