Act now: If you want to follow Sunday’s election on your mobile, you can get an application that will tell you almost all you need to know (except who’s going to win.)
Bindez has installed election-related information in the android Tha Din app it released last June for mobile users, listing candidates, party information, the voting process and a Q&A section.
“We participated in the hackathon held at Phandeeyar in September. All participants were provided with voter information, candidate and party details, location-specific data, and general information via the Mae Pay Soh Application
Programming Interface, which allows developers to access data on the election,” said marketing manager Ma Nilar Aye.
It can be downloaded in the Google Play store or from http://bindez.com/mobile.
Bindez says it can work with a slow internet connection, allows information sharing to social media, and that information can be saved.
Mobile user U Min Zaw Tun says technology has more than doubled his understanding of the election. “Once, I only knew 40 percent of what was going on. Now I know about 90 percent because of Facebook,” he said.
Recently released election-focused apps include New Niti, containing information on citizenship, democracy, elections, rule of law and peace, while Myanmar ICT for Development Organization in collaboration with the Centre of Civic Technology has launched the Kyeet mobile application, along with the www.kyeet.org website, to help election junkies get their fix.