Voters to be polled ahead of August elections following launch of ‘Kenya Decides’ app

Voters to be polled ahead of August elections following launch of ‘Kenya Decides’ app
  • The ‘Kenya Decides 2017’ App has been formed to help voters endorse their preffered candidates in all elective posts ahead of forthcoming general polls
  • Available on both Android and IOS for download, the App gives all Kenyans an equal opportunity to endorse their preferred candidate
  • Aspirants at each level send their information to be listed on the platform complete with a pitch of their manifesto in video
  • The real time app-driven polling paradigm provides a unique way to gauge the authenticity of the strong following of seemingly-popular aspirants on social media

The upcoming elections have generated even more buzz following the launch of an app dubbed Kenya Decides 2017.

The app has been described as a real-time opinion polling system that aggregates sentiment and lets users compare data on one screen using their smartphones.

It is available on both Android and IOS under the banner name Kenya Decides. The App targets largely youthful population of smartphone users.

Unlike traditional polling where random telephone numbers are generated and on average 2,000 people are polled, this App gives all Kenyans an equal opportunity to endorse their preferred candidate. It gives a large sample size which is more representative of the population.

The App encompasses all elective positions in the Kenyan electoral system including the MCA with an aim of giving localized predictions to voters in all levels.

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Aspirants at each level send their information to be listed on the platform complete with a pitch of their manifesto in video. Users are able to endorse their preferred candidates and track their popularity right from the application.

The App simulates an election where every Kenyan who owns a smartphone has a chance to vote and the aspirants can mobilize their supporters as in the ‘Get Out and Vote’ phase. The App also offers real-time and opening numbers for public scrutiny. A user can also unendorse an aspirant if after exposure to more information, they choose to support a competitor.

The system provides a unique way to gauge the authenticity of the strong following of seemingly-popular aspirants on social media. The real time app-driven polling paradigm operates under the premise that politics is a game of numbers and that at the end of the electoral process, only one statistic counts; the tally. The App offers aspirants an opportunity to gauge how effective their campaign communication is by studying the numbers.

 

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