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Sawtak: A New Smartphone App to Help you with the Elections

Sawtak: A New Smartphone App to Help you with the Elections
    written by
    Cairo 360

    It’s time for the Egyptian Parliamentary elections, and if you’re anything like us,
    you’re probably confused about the whole process: where to vote? Who to vote
    for? Which constituencies? What happens next?

    To make your life a little easier and to help you
    cast your vote, Bright Creations (in partnership with
    Etisalat Egypt) has released Sawtak, an online and mobile
    application that gives Egyptian citizens the information they need to
    understand the Egypt election process and how they can go about voting in the
    elections. You can access the app on www.sawtak.me, where it’s
    available for download for iPhone, Blackberry and Android Smartphones, and
    critically, as a WAP site for more basic handsets on www.sawtak.me/homewap.

    The application provides comprehensive and
    impartial information on all parts of the election process. Sawtak carries
    information such as registration processes, which constituency a voter belongs
    to, which contests a voter can cast their ballot for, the complete lists of
    parties and candidates, and the voting locations. Using an Egyptian ID number, any Egyptian
    citizen can find out everything they need to know to be prepared for the
    upcoming parliamentary elections in Egypt.

    The idea for Sawtak came from a deep
    feeling of disenchantment at the still very rickety systems in place, and the
    need for a completely neutral platform from which users can identify
    and form their opinions and act on it in an efficient way.

    Sawtak couldn’t have come at a better time,
    because as expected, there’s still a lot of hot air obscuring
    what is a huge landmark for the future of Egypt. Also, the application has no potential vested interests in the upcoming
    elections other than clearing the smokescreen and empowering every person to vote with a clear head.

    Sawtak is objective in nature and provides
    no candidate or party profiles, restricting itself to only the candidate name, party
    name, constituency and link to their website. 
    You can check features of the application include the ability to add
    candidates and political parties to a favorites list for a user to return to in
    more detail later. The personal privacy of each voter is ensured by storing the
    information only on the user’s handset.

    The
    information on Sawtak.me is sourced from the Ministry of State for
    Administrative Development via www.elections2011.eg. The Elections2011
    site is also worth checking out, as it Google maps your voting precinct
    according to your national ID and offers a lot albeit confusing information and
    videos on the election process and what to expect.

    Whatever your vote will be, make sure you
    go out and vote; each voice counts!

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