Facebook joined hands with ADR to provide details on Indian Election Candidates to the common people
If you’re from India then you should know that currently the country is having season of votes, and next year we will be having the mega “Lok Sabha” election. On the eve of this, the popular social networking giant Facebook have collaborated with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to provide important details about the election candidates on the mobiles of the potential voters of the country for free of cost.

Voters will be able to know about the family background of candidates who will be participating in the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. It is indeed a great initiative, and it is likely to attract the tech-savvy youths of the country.

Voters will also be able to get the details about the criminal, financial, educational, professional information of the aspiring election candidates on their personal mobiles via an advanced USSD technology, developed by Facebook itself.

Eventually, Facebook for USSD is already quite a popular technology which basically helps the people to access Facebook on mobiles for free even without Internet connectivity. In simpler words USSD provides useful text experiences to the users, and it is far better than normal SMS and also much cheaper than general mobile Internet plans.

How to Get Election Candidates details?

It’s very easy, and even a class 4 student can do it with super ease. First you’ve to just dial *325# from your mobile and after that you need to select the dedicated election menu. You might also dial *325*35# directly to access the election menu for free of cost.

Official Statement

Facebook and ADR have published a joined statement to acknowledge this matter officially. The statement added many details about this technology, and also provides why it is necessary for the Indians.

Facebook for USSD now allows users to get election contestents information for freeAnkhi Das, the Director of Public Policy at Facebook India, said, "Over 82 million Indian citizens access Facebook regularly and an increasing number of users access the platform on mobile. Together with ADR, we hope to make information more readily available to users about the antecedents and performance of political candidates."

The main motive of this program is to help the common people to get directly involved in prime issues of governance, Das added.

Trilochan Sastry, the Founder and Trustee of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), also expressed his own thoughts about this project. He said, "Voters will be able to know the poll worthiness of candidates - their educational, criminal and financial information - at their fingertips and choose wisely. Simply voting in an uninformed manner is not enough; citizens need to make an informed choice."

Wrap Up

It is very much important for the voters to know the detailed information about the candidates who are actually contesting for the election. It will help them to caste their valuable votes in a much better way. Facebook is now providing details about Indian Election Candidates for free of cost, and it is one of the best things to happen in the era of voting for sure.

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  1. This sounds very interesting. Now people can know more about the election candidates without going through the hassle of filing RTI forms and all.

    Very informative post for Indians :)