Pakistan’s 2018 elections were hotly contested. For the first time in the country’s 71-year history, the youth vote – in particular, that of young women – played a key role in determining the outcome. Access to information through mobile phones allowed the otherwise disenfranchised members of Pakistani society to meaningfully contribute to the electoral debate and to cast their votes.
In order to serve the needs of this growing audience, AJLabs developed a dedicated mobile-first elections portal to provide the Pakistani voting public with an up-to-the-minute report of election results from across the country’s 272 constituencies.
This was a unique opportunity for Al Jazeera to step into the gap, using data visualisations to clarify an otherwise arcane electoral process. The data journalism also lent itself to a mobile-friendly interface which made it possible to get time-sensitive information to the large (and growing) sectors of the Pakistani population who get their information through smart phones.
The project was conceived, designed and headed by Al Jazeera Senior Producer Alia Chughtai with additional reporting by Pakistan-based Al Jazeera Online Correspondent Asad Hashim and development supervision by AJLabs unit lead, Mohammed El-Haddad. Accompanied by a small team of developers and junior designers, Alia took the concept from inception to execution. The team worked around the clock to produce visual snapshots during tight timeframes in the days, hours and minutes leading up to the constituency voting results and the final electoral result.
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