Voterite- on a mission to influence elections through peer to peer campaigning

vote-riteSocial media platforms hold the key to encourage people and push them to take an active part in raising the voice and selecting a right political representative. Understanding this, a number of portals like iForIndia and BribeBook have joined the community of World Wide Web to empower general public and start an online movement against corruption and unsuitable elected representatives.

But where most of them are limited to talk about corruption or highlight candidates’ background and track records, Voterite – a recently launched social media platform is envisioned to influence elections through peer-peer campaigning.

The idea is to fix the problem at the grass root level – which, according to Vikram, one of the founders of Voterite – can only be done by empowering citizens. Voterite is an attempt to talk the language of India’s youth population by leveraging social media and influence them to take active part in redefining the way leaders are elected.

“2014 is just the beginning of a very important milestone in political landscape. For the first time in India, educated youth can alter the result in over 170 MP constituencies” believes Vikram.

By being on the Voterite platform, one can influence friends and family to pick the right leader or party in each and every constituency of India. For example, one can be from Bangalore but can have friends in Delhi or Rajasthan that he/she can influence.

There are two problems being solved with Voterite:

1. When one reaches out to a friend on Voterite, the friend gets a snapshot view of all the candidates contesting and hence is empowered to make a more informed decision with regard to voting.

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2. If motivated, the friend can then become a campaigner for a candidate or party of his / her choice and hence the cycle of influencing friends to make better decisions across India can continue.

The portal went live on Nov 14, 2013 with its beta version out in Nov 7, and since then its been adding an average of around 500 users daily. With the Delhi elections around the corner, the portal is witnessing a lot of activity around the Delhi region.

Self funded by the team so far, Voterite has now started reaching out to like-minded corporates and NGO’s for donations – to continue its operations.

“Indian political landscape is changing. In 2014 if 170 MP constituencies can have their fate determined by social media users.  Imagine the impact it can have by 2019” added Vikram. Whether or not, portals like Voterite, manage to change the face of today’s Indian politics, they at least provide the general public with a social-political platform that we believe are necessary to question the accountability of government while pushing the democratic process in the right way.

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  • hemenparekh

    Show on Earth

    Elections in 5 states will get over soon

    National Elections will be over in 7/8 months

    Here is a partial list of what Anchors and Experts will
    debate on TV channels for the next few months :

    > SEATS

    * No of seats in Lok Sabha / State Legislative

    * No of seats contributed by each state

    * Current share of seats / political party-wise

    * Projected share of seats ( who will win how
    many )

    * ” Combinations & Permutations
    ” possible to form UPA 3 / NDA 2


    * No of contestants for each seat

    * Dynasty to which each belongs

    * Religion / Caste / Sub-caste , to which each

    * Declaration of Assets / Wealth – and growth
    % since 2009

    * Criminal records

    * Who will win , from where and why

    > VOTERS

    * No of eligible voters ( State-wise / Religion-wise
    / Caste-wise )

    * No of first-time voters

    > VOTES

    * Total

    * Constituency-wise

    * Vote-Share %

    * Vote % Swing

    * Margins


    * National Vs Regional

    * War Chest accumulated

    * Money spent ( – of course , cash without
    account only ! )

    * Gain / Loss of vote-share

    * No of rallies

    * Average attendance at rallies

    * No of high profile campaigners

    * No of helicopters / trucks / buses hired

    * Kilometers covered

    * Freebies included in respective Manifestos

    * Pre-poll / Post-poll alliances

    * Seat-sharing formulas

    * No of violations of Code of Conduct

    * Mastery in abuses hurled ( or ,
    received ? )


    * No of polling booths / sensitive booths

    * No of Returning Officers / Poll Observers

    * No of policemen / security forces deployed

    * No of EVMs

    * No of complaints received

    There is no doubt , I have missed out many items

    Alas !

    Our ” Democracy ” has been reduced to its
    ” Lowest Common Denominator ” , of a process called ” Voting ” !

    Karl Marx may have said,

    ” Religion is
    the opium of the masses ”

    I would like to paraphrase , by saying,

    ” Elections
    are the opium of Indian Voters ”

    * hemen parekh
    ( 26 Nov
    2013 )