Twitter launches #LokSabhaElections2019 emoji

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Twitter India welcomes the Election Commission of India’s SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Program) (@ECISVEEP) onboard the platform.

Twitter India is also launching a special election emoji, aimed at encouraging healthy participation in election-related discussions, and encouraging more people to go out and vote.

The Election Commission of India’s Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program (SVEEP) on Twitter (@ECISVEEP) is set up to raise more voter awareness through the platform. The handle was launched on Holi and one of their first campaigns on Twitter #DeshKaMahaTyohar is about ensuring no voter is left behind.

By introducing the emoji, Twitter India hopes to make it easier for Indians across the world to join the election conversation on its platform. Available now until 31st May 2019, the emoji features a panoramic colored illustration of the Parliament of India. People can Tweet in Hindi, English, Bengali/Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, to activate the emoji: #LokSabhaElections2019, #IndiaDecides2019, #IndiaElections2019, #लोकसभाचुनाव2019, #লোকসভানিৰ্বাচন, #લોકસભાચૂંટણી, #ಲೋಕಸಭೆಚುನಾವಣೆ, #ലോക്സഭാതെരെഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ്, #लोकसभानिवडणूक, #ଲୋକସଭାନିର୍ବାଚନ, #ਲੋਕਸਭਾਚੋਣਾਂ, #நாடாளுமன்றதேர்தல், #లోక్‌సభఎన్నికలు, and لوک_سبھا_انتخابات#

Remarking on the Election Commission’s Twitter debut, Umesh Kumar Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner said, “As we move closer to the 17th Lok Sabha election in the country, we are committed to ensuring fair administration of the electoral process, by equipping India’s voters with accurate and adequate information to make their choice. We are proud to extend this commitment with the launch of our new handle on Twitter. @ECISVEEP would allow us to further the aim of building a stronger democracy, by encouraging all eligible citizens to be aware and active in the voting process, thereby maintaining and enhancing the sanctity of the electoral process. It’s our wish and hope that all voters will participate in the coming national election 2019 in an informed and ethical way.”

Mahima Kaul (@misskaul), Director, Public Policy and Government at Twitter India said, “India is the world’s largest democracy, and the upcoming election is a key priority for us at Twitter. Over the past several months, we’ve taken significant steps to safeguard the integrity of conversations and enhance the health of our platform. Election-related conversations dominate the platform today, and we are honored to onboard the Election Commission handle @ECISVEEP to encourage voter awareness and education. Citizens will  receive crucial information directly from the Election Commission on Twitter, in turn they can engage with and amplify accurate and positive information to their community.”

Anticipation around #LokSabhaElections2019 is building up, especially on Twitter as news channels, politicians, experts, and citizens unite around hashtags. To stay on top of the Election conversations, follow the political parties and leaders on Twitter to see every side of the conversation.

Also Read: #Report 57.8% of youth in Tamil Nadu use Twitter to express opinions and be heard

List of political party accounts with verified handles (in alphabetical order, not an exhaustive list):

National

Andhra Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Assam

Bihar

Chattisgarh

Goa

Gujarat

Haryana

Himachal Pradesh

Jammu & Kashmir

Jharkhand

Karnataka

Kerala

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Manipur

Meghalaya

Mizoram

Nagaland

Odisha

Punjab

Rajasthan

Sikkim

Tamil Nadu

Telangana

Tripura

Uttar Pradesh

Uttarakhand

West Bengal

Party Presidents’ accounts to follow with verified handles (in alphabetical order, not an exhaustive list):

Here’s a snapshot of the Twitter conversation on #LokSabhaElections2019 as the campaigning begins:


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