With the 16th Lok Sabha elections now underway, if you haven't
already found out about your political candidates and decided who to
vote for then you'll need to get that information quickly. Google has
launched a new tool on their elections hub
called Know Your Candidates, which
shows information on each candidate gathered from sources like the
Association for Democratic Reforms, PRS Legistlative Research and
Liberty Institute India.
When you visit the election hub and visit
the Know Your Candidates tab, you can see a map of India which is
marked out with each constituency and colour coded by the party of the
incumbent. Zooming in shows more detailed boundaries so you can find and
click on your particular constituency, or you can just enter your PIN
code and jump to the relevant details.
Aside from your own
candidate, the Know Your Candidates tool is also useful if you want to
look at multiple constituencies to gain a macro picture.
page, when you click on a constituency, you get to see a list on the
left of all the candidates, and also the incumbent. The information
displayed depends on the sources, and can include alliances, age,
education, attendance, debates participated in and questions asked, for
Some sources have different information available - for
example, the number of severe criminal cases and he assets of the
candidate; where available, you will also see links to the candidates
YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages and the candidates website as well.
you were wondering whether the 79-year-old candidate from your
constituency has a verified Twitter presence, then this tool is
extremely handy - however, the information being presented is a very
basic snapshot, and should only be used as the first stop on the way to
making an informed choice.
Professor Trilochan Sastry, a founding
member of ADR applauded this launch saying, "As citizens we have to play
a proactive role in ensuring that we choose politicians who are clean,
honest and committed to the progress, security and development of the
people of India."
(Also see: Google's Election hub goes live with
politician scores, voter pledges)
Anandan, VP and Managing Director of Google India, said "In the last
five months, we have made a concerted effort to provide our users a one
stop destination for all their information needs for the upcoming Lok
Sabha elections. We hope that making this information easily accessible
will help Indian voters learn more about candidates running for public
office and help them to make an informed decision."