A mobile app for voters

After reading the blog, Roy sent me an email with a few interesting points. Roy believes that the best thing to happen at the next election would be a hung parliament:

“The country needs more independent MPs who understand local issues and don’t need to tow a party line come the National and World issues.”

But it was his second point that made me sit up and take notice:

“What can be done … I say let’s do an App that provides the public with a guide to their local MPs, who’s standing in their region, bios, photos, name and shame those who have had their fingers in the public purse etc. A foreword could set the tone about helping the country achieve a hung Parliament and how voting Independent can help achieve this. It will be like really good PR for all the independents for free.”

As my day job is mostly spent in the mobile industry this seemed like a great idea. It would be great to get all the info of candidates and make it readily available to people in the form of a mobile app (obviously not in the Ovi Store if we want to make it readily available!) that they can check on regularly as they’re deciding who to vote for.

Very interesting …

4 Responses to A mobile app for voters

  1. Sonny says:

    I think one of the defining factors of the success of Independent MPs will be the effectiveness of Social Networking and the use of viral marketing. Facebook, Twitter, UStream, 12seconds, blogging as well as useful and modern web design are seemingly under used tools for MPs at the moment. There are those who have attempted to use this new form of media but it was to be take and used in a completely different way from other traditional forms of press and broadcast. It’s something I have been learning about through my business and through a friend who use it to sell his music.

    I think if a point of contact is to be setup for Independent MPs, then training in this sort of media exposure would be very useful and add to the course. There are obviously lots of things that an MP needs to think about beyond contacting people and this sort of media can be daunting with so many possibilities and websites out there.

  2. Patrick says:

    Sonny, I agree. I think that there a lot of tools, skills and just general experience and views from outside the political world that could be used to great effect when it comes to standing for election.

    • Sonny says:

      This is the kind of input that can be given by those people who work in the field or use them everyday bu don’t feel they want to stand for MP themselves.

  3. Sonny says:

    Interesting link about how it has already been implemented.

    http://raven.me/2008/10/02/obama-08-for-iphone/

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