On what basis were the parties on the site chosen?
Parties were chosen based on the strength of their presence. The research team sought to represent all political trends, without exclusion, and chose the forerunners in each trend.
Why are some parties absent from the site?
The research team chose to focus its efforts to surveying the opinion of the most important Egyptian political parties representing all the various political currents. Parties not found on the site were those believed by the research team to have only limited political standing, taking into account the direction of political parties already represented on the site. In other cases, parties, such as the Salafi Nour Party, refused the website's invitation to participate in the questionnaire and were thus excluded.
Is it possible for parties not currently on the site to participate in the questionnaire?
The Electionnaire team welcomes answers from new parties to the questionnaire in order to include them in the next stage of the project. However, the team reserves the right to accept or decline the participation of the new parties to ensure a balance between various political trends represented, so that one political current does not dominate others.
How were the answers of various parties to the questionnaire form collected?
The research team visited the participating parties and answers to the questionnaire were obtained from an authorised official who signed the questionnaire form.
Why were the answers of some parties different to their stated positions in the media?
The answers of parties to the questionnaire were documented and signed by an authorised party official. Sometimes these answers took a different position on a particular issue than the one stated by the party in the media. The site is not responsible for the consistency of the answers of each party with their ideas. Rather, officials of the parties must review the answers themselves in case their responses were divergent from their stated positions.
How does this mechanism work? And why were the results of my answers quite different from my real political inclinations?
The electionnaire cannot determine the political inclinations of users; it is only an indicator that matches users' answers with answers given by various political parties. Disparities are largely due to answers from parties that are different from their stated positions.
What was the participation of the German MICT Foundation and what is its interest?
The German MICT Foundation contributed to the implementation of the idea of an electoral instrument in several countries including Iraq, Sudan and Tunisia. Through the implementation of this idea, the foundation aims to promote electoral participation in countries undergoing democratic transition. This is done through approximating the programs of parties and presenting their ideas to the user in a simple and interactive manner. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information conducted the research related to this project.
What is the goal of this project?
The project aims to provide an approximation of the ideas of parties and their programmes to voters in a simple, interactive form. It also enables users, through answers to the questionnaire, to evaluate their political inclinations on various issues and compare their answers with those provided by various parties. The result obtained by the user, of course, should not be taken as a recommendation that the user vote for a certain party. The most this project aspires to do is to encourage users to think about overlaps between their ideas are certain parties, especially if the results were far from their expectation. It also allows users to review the party programmes accurately in order to reassure them that their vote will go to those that really represent their ideas.
Has this project been implemented in countries other than Egypt?
Yes. The electionnaire has been implemented in other countries such as Iraq, Sudan, and Tunisia. You can find these projects through the following links:
iraq.electionnaire.com ,sudan.electionnaire.com, http://www.ikhtiartounes.org