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Google's new portal to track elections in India

Google's new portal to track elections in India
Search engine giant Google launched an exclusive Indian elections web portal on Thursday. A post on says the portal will assist voters in India to understand the electoral process. It has all news related to elections and politics and detailed information on each political party in the fray.

Explaining the need for the portal, Chetan Krishnaswamy, head of public policy and government relations, Google India, wrote in the blog, "Election-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."

The portal collates news and videos from leading media houses and broadcasters relating to assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram. The portal has English and Hindi content.

Users will be able to watch content hosted by YouTube partners for elections and links to Hangouts discussing politics.

The portal will provide information on how the public can register for voting. There is a section on frequently asked questions on voting and registration.

"Our intent is to empower voters with all the information they need at a single destination for upcoming general elections," Krishnaswamy wrote in the blog.

"Over time, we will add more functionality to enable users to interact and engage with the candidates so that they are not simply watching from afar, but participating in, engaging with and shaping the political process in a democratic way," he added.

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