As the 2019 elections draw near, civic technology apps in India such as Neta, Next Election are gaining traction with users as they give citizens a voice in the country’s decision-making process.
The Neta app currently has more than 100,000 downloads on Google Play, though its founder, Pratham Mittal, claims the actual number of users are more. That’s because Mittal has been promoting the app as Indian states go to polls, getting users to sideload (downloading an app from sources other than Google Play) the app on their phones.
The app, currently available only on Android, allows users to rate politicians on different issues and the work they have done. The app then comes up with an aggregate rating for each politician. There’s also a leaderboard for politicians based on users’ votes for them on the app.