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With India gearing up for the counting day on May 16, Google Inc is preparing to introduce new features to keep netizens updated on the latest news and Lok Sabha election results. New features include a live results map, live counting day YouTube newscasts and others.
Voters will be able to access ‘live results’ at google.co.in/elections through a nation-wide view of a live count allowing everyone to see how many votes each party and candidate has secured, the tech major said in a press release.
Here’s a look at some of the features that will go live on Counting Day:
* The Live Results Mapwill allow Internet users to view both nationwide party results and constituency level results across all 543 constituencies as soon as they are declared through the day.
* Live Results Newscasts will enable Internet users to watch YouTube live streams from leading news channels.
“This election the Internet has been a catalyst and provided a great platform for political parties to leverage the power of social media to interact and mobilise young India to go out and vote," Rajan Anandan, MD, Google India said.
"As India nears the counting day, Google will continue to provide essential news and information to the voters, ensuring that they have all the relevant information at a single destination,” said Anandan.
Google had launched an Elections hub in November of last year with tools like a guide to understanding the electoral and voter-registration process, 'Know Your Candidates' tool with information about the candidates, election news in five languages, a daily “Google Score” rankings for Indian politicians, an interactive ‘Pledge To Vote’ map and more.
With over 200 million Internet users in the country, the Internet audience play an important role in influencing the decisions of a large proportion of the urban Indian population in the elections.
Elections related search queries on Google have shown a considerable increase and the interest in news information related to elections and politics have started to peak.