Project:

A website offering information on elections: users complete various exercises and answer questions to get a better idea of where political parties stood on key issues.

Production Runtime:

2008 – 2010

Partners:

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Institute for Peace Research at the University of Khartoum, UK Department for International Development (DFID)



The Electionnaire Sudan provided comprehensive information about political parties, their views and platforms, their senior politicians and their general aims, competing in general elections in April 2010. It also included background information on how the electoral process was being undertaken. All of the information was available online on a dedicated website.

The website was interactive and users answered questions and completed exercises in order to get a better understanding of crucial political issues and the positions taken by the various actors and parties. Electionnaire users could take their own position by reacting to certain political statements relevant to local issues. They were then able to see which parties held similar or different positions to themselves. Of course, voters were not supposed to vote just according to this result. Rather, the tool offered them greater background information before they went to the ballot box.

The concept was based on a popular idea first developed in 1989 by the Dutch Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek. Since 1998 similar applications have gone online in various nations, mostly in Europe, but also in South Korea and Bhutan. MICT produced its first Electionnaire for Iraqi voters in 2005.

Encouraged by the positive reaction from many Iraqis, MICT, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Sudan and the Institute for Peace Research at the University of Khartoum began working on a Sudanese version in late 2008.

The first step was to identify the issues affecting most Sudanese people. Several workshops were held in Khartoum and Juba with civil society representatives from across the entire political spectrum. This dialogue resulted in the production of a comprehensive list of 30 questions covering diverse issues.