If you are The Star Online reader, you probably have noticed that the largest English news portal in Malaysia has embarked on their GIS journey by using GIS map to cover news story for upcoming general election.
Currently the general election result map is displaying interactive result for previous general election (GE12/ PRU12). On Election Day, the result map will show live progressive polling result for both state and parliament seats of GE13/ PRU13. Users can access this election map using their preferred devices/ platform i.e. desktop, tablet or smartphone (mobile version is made available too).
The application offers a simple way for anyone to discover election results. Results for relevant political contests will be presented in a series of information pods such as candidate names, number of votes, percentage of votes by candidate, voter turnout and result summary by state summarized in interactive bar/pie chart in the information panel at the bottom of the application. Users can locate election district and review election results. In addition, users can click on the Share Map button to share the map by email, post to Facebook wall or post a Tweet with URL auto-generated from the app.
Presenting election results in a map format helps reveal voting patterns, behaviours and provide valuable information to political parties, candidates and general public. This is an excellent example of leveraging the power of map to tell stories and put information in geographic context.
Bravo and kudos to The Star Online team for their bold step forward and at the forefront of using GIS technology to enhance election news coverage.
More details can be found on the following links:-
- The Star Online Election Map
- More about ArcGIS for Local Government – Election Results Viewer
- More about Esri Story Maps