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Ahmed Launches EgyptElections.org to Visualize Shifting Egyptian Voting Districts

Ahmed Launches EgyptElections.org to Visualize Shifting Egyptian Voting Districts

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2011-09-22

Amel Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Political Science, recently launched EgyptElections.org. The website, which was funded in part by a Healy Endowment Grant, uses Google Earth to visually display electoral data by district in Egypt. 

"With elections coming up in two months and the electoral system currently being negotiated," Ahmed said, "it was important to get the information out there so that diverse actors could participate in the process." Indeed, recent changes in Egyptian laws have dramatically shifted how districts are drawn and how representatives will be elected. Currently, half the seats in the People's Assembly will be elected through a single seat system and the other half through a proportional system. The maps available from EgyptElections.org should help Egyptians better understand this changing political landscape. 

The interactive EgyptElections.org maps draw from ward-level census data provided by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). The data is based on the 2011 amendments to Egypt's law 206/1990 which regulates parliamentary election. "The site is meant to be a resource for researchers, NGOs, and anyone who wishes to learn more about the electoral landscape in Egypt," Ahmed said. Her research team plans to include election results on the site in the future.

Visit EgyptElections.org

Related story: Mapping the Electoral Landscape

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