Searchable database and advocacy tool for Parliamentary watchdog organization
Watchdog group "Monitor the Egyptian Parliament" (مرصد البرلمان المصرى) needs a website with a searchable database; a capability to send advocacy messages out to social networks and SMS; and an online voting mechanism
Ahmed Bagato commented
The strategy of our civil group "Monitor the Egyptian Parliament" is to engage citizens in performing an ongoing audit of the performance the Parliament to be elected in September 2012. Our project will be developed in four phases:
1) Before the Parliamentary election: raising awareness of the Parliament's roles, activities, and responsibility of Members of Parliament (MPs). The goal is to help citizens decide who to elect.
2) During the election campaign: provide a fair, unbiased comparison of MP candidates and their parties, with information on their accomplishments and their resumes. We will also compile reports of electoral abuse.
3) Once Parliament is elected: We will monitor MP activities, attendance, their performance in Parliament. We survey Egyptians on a quarterly basis to provide MPs with the top five concerns of the electorate and report their response to these concerns.
4) By the end of the Parliamentary term: We will assess the performance of individual MPs and grade them on their performance to let the electorate decide if they should be elected again or not.
We view our role as watchdogs and draw on the methods of Swedish Ombudsmen in performing this role.
Our technical needs: we are looking for a website with a searchable database, with means to communicate online with social networks and sync with smartphones and SMS for other cellphones.
We also hope to develop a remote voting application that could verify and document the user's identity. For example, participants scan their citizen ID and unique bar code and send this to a central server that would generate a voting access code for this particular ID which could only be used once.
For information in Arabic, please visit https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_170158549697964