Calling all democracy geeks: NICVA to host a Democracy Club “SoPN” party?

Over the years we’ve had some great fun with data around election time. It nearly always brings out great expertise in our readers, who’s precise knowledge of candidates, DEAs and even down to patterns in at individual polling stations has been a fantastic public service.

This year NICVA and Democracy Club are hosting a open Statements of Persons Nominated (SoPN) party to help crowdsource candidate data for the local government elections on the 9th April 2019 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 

As NICVA says:

Democracy Club aims to build a digital public database of all election candidates. The state doesn’t provide this. We need such a database to build tools to help voters.

The database is crowdsourced from thousands of users. Those users can find information on candidates from twitter, facebook, local news, candidates themselves.

Ultimately, the data needs to be checked against the official Statements of Persons Nominated: SoPNs. This requires a good amount of human help! That’s where you come in.

We need your help check who’s standing for local election in Northern Ireland, what ward, council area and party they’re standing for, and what else would be useful to know about the candidates.

Free event, with food and drink provided. Please register and bring along a laptop.

Photo by Arnaud Jaegers is licensed under CC0