As the elections in the state of Karnataka captures the attention of the country, Twitter is the best place to see what’s happening and to engage in conversations between citizens and candidates. There were more than 760,000 Tweets related to Karnataka since the start of the elections from April 25th to date and we expect more to come.
In relation, Twitter is launching several initiatives to provide real-time updates on the campaign trail, connect voters to politicians on the most important election issues, and enable people to have their voices heard as #KarnatakaElections2018 progresses:
#AskTheLeader Q&A series on Twitter
Twitter has collaborated with The News Minute (@TheNewsMinute) to host an #AskTheLeader series of interviews with election candidates, allowing citizens to get to know their leaders better and get answers to their queries with regard to the priorities for the state. People can Tweet to @TwitterIndia and @TheNewsMinute using the following hashtags #KarnatakaElections2018 and #AskTheLeader to join the conversation and be heard.
To encourage people to vote and light up more conversations on the platform, Twitter is also launching a special election emoji today for the #KarnatakaElections2018. Available from now until 20 May, 2018, the election emoji can be activated using the following hashtags in a Tweet: #KarnatakaElection #KarnatakaElection2018 #KarnatakaElections #KarnatakaElections2018 #Decision2018 #BattleForKarnataka #ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಚುನಾವಣೆ #ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಚುನಾವಣೆ2018
Twitter will also be hosting panel discussions in Bangalore with young leaders, journalists and people interested in civic society on the priorities for the State. Topics include wishlist for the elections, ideas on what Karnataka needs from the new leadership. These discussions would be held in collaboration with The News Minute, Network 18 and others.
To stay on top of the Karnataka Election, follow the political parties, candidates and news media on Twitter today to see every side of the conversation:
Party accounts to follow:(in alphabetical order):
Individual accounts to follow (in alphabetical order):
Media accounts to follow for innovation, Twitter-exclusive conversations, Lives on Periscope, and much more:
Here’s a snapshot of the Twitter conversation about the #KarnatakaElections2018 as the election campaigning begins: