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GE13: Turning to apps to be in tune with polls


Keeping tabs: Apps developed for the elections provide real-time updates. Keeping tabs: Apps developed for the elections provide real-time updates.

PETALING JAYA: Technology enthusiast Wong Ju Lee is glad that the election fever has taken a digital turn because this means having all the information she needs on the general election at her fingertips.

The busy 29-year-old senior advertising account executive has downloaded several election-related apps to her smartphone to help keep her up to date.

One of the apps Wong uses is Undi PRU13, created by local developer Appandus Sdn Bhd. She likes how it had provided information on the 2008 general election.

“It is very convenient. At any time I can find out who contested who for a particular seat in 2008,” she said. “I can even use the app to check my voter registration status.”

Tech blogger James Yeang prefers another general election app.

He said JustUndi developed byVirtual Logic was useful in providing information.

“Apps like these enable us to get information a lot faster and even as they happen,” said the 34-year-old.

Undi PRU13 and JustUndi are only two of the many such apps available. Quite similar is GE13, and if you need an app to check your voter registration status, you can try Voter Check or SPR Check Status.

Parties from both sides of the political divide have also taken advantage of technology by coming up with their own apps in their attempt to win voters' hearts.

The Star and Google have also developed mini websites for those who want to stay abreast of the general election. Point your web browser to elections.thestar.com.my and google.com/elections/ed/my.

The Star's mini website can also be accessed via The Star Mobile app and includes an interactive map of the GE12 results. It will be updated with information on the GE13 candidates after nomination day this Saturday.

For more election stories, please visit The Star's GE13 site

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