Map-up event for city elections held

The Asia Foundation hosted a map-up event for the upcoming city corporation elections in Dhaka, in partnership with the OpenStreetMap (OSM) in Bangladesh on Saturday.

Approximately 2000 schools and other institutions will be used as polling stations in the upcoming city corporation elections in Dhaka, DSC_0439but unfortunately, there are currently no visual applications that maps these polling stations so that the citizenry can easily visualize the locations of their polling stations. The Asia Foundation is trying to fill this gap by hosting a ‘Map-Up’ event to collect the geo locations of the polling stations in both Dhaka North and Dhaka South City Corporations by involving youth of Dhaka.

40 volunteers from OSM were deployed on Saturday with checklists and visited each of the polling stations to collect the longitude and latitude of the individual locations, along with a photo of possible polling station. The information will then be collated and made available to inform mapping projects such as the website. The mapping application will provide useful information for voters to find where their polling station is, and can also be used to provide information relating to electoral matters at a later date.

Prior to the deployment of the OSM volunteers on the 4th April, they received an orientation on the mapping exercise on the April 3, 2015, regarding how to collect the geospatial data through a smart phone app and how to record the data for aggregation.

This event is a great example of ways that young people can become involved in the electoral process and to strengthen democracy in Bangladesh using the latest technology. It provided opportunities to youth of different arenas for dynamic photo shots and video of the volunteers in action throughout Dhaka.

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