From anywhere in the world, you will be able to track Indian leaders and candidates in the 15th Lok Sabha elections — just like in the US presidential elections — through a new Google website.
Expected to be launched soon by Google India, the site will be updated regularly with the help of National Election Watch, an umbrella group of 1,200 NGOs.
What’s more, through an auto-play mode on Google Maps, one can travel from
Delhi University to Oxford tracking PM Manmohan Singh’s journey.
Similarly, for LK Advani, the map will take you through Karachi, where he was born, to Delhi and Gandhinagar.
The interactive website will also have space for blogs and commentaries on the elections, campaigns and views from India and abroad.
“We have collected data from National Election Watch and are working on disseminating the information to citizens. We are also in talks with different political parties in this regard,” a Google India spokesperson told HT.
Sanjay Jain, a project developer with Google India, made a presentation on the company’s Lok Sabha poll coverage plans at a recent national conference of a Mumbai-based NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which runs National Election Watch.
“We cannot talk about the project till it is formally announced,” Jain said.
But Anil Bhairwal, ADR’s national coordinator, said they had provided data on 50,000 candidates, who contested the 14th Lok Sabha polls in 2004 and in subsequent assembly polls. “It will be an interactive website where a netizen will be able to navigate any of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies and track the records of the candidates.”