ZEF Solutions is bringing the world a voting application developed in Finland. The application, called VotingAid, was developed in co-operation with the Finnish media company MTV3 and has been used in six Finnish elections.
ZEF’s VotingAid has been well received in Egypt, where democratic presidential elections are currently being held for the first time in the nation’s history. The voting engine was implemented in co-operation with Egypt’s biggest private television network, Dream TV. The company played a significant role as a trusted news source during the Egyptian revolution that began last spring, in which then President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.
For media companies like Dream TV, the news value of a voting application is considerable and allows candidates’ responses to be used both in a news context and in election programmes. ZEF’s VotingAid is expected to increase the transparency of Egypt’s elections process.
— Finland is known around the world for its democracy. We’re not just giving the world an election machine, but also Finnish democracy and political transparency, says ZEF’s CEO, Jaakko Alasaarela.
Dream TV’s presidential election engine is now active. The voting engine contains 27 topical claims that people can also respond to via text message.
Official voting for the presidential election takes place on 23 and 24 May 2012. Some 50 million people are entitled to vote in Egypt.