The most innovative element was asking each of the candidates for information regarding their campaign proposals and the electoral platforms of the political parties supporting them.
This was undertaken with a very important civic sense, in which citizens that would elect those who would occupy public positions (and therefore govern their municipalities), or the positions in the local congress (those who have the power to create laws that affect the daily life of the inhabitants), could do it in a reasoned way. That is, comparing the way in which each candidate would act on certain sensitive issues to the community, such as governance and security, mobility, economic development, environment, culture, among others.
In addition, different important topics for citizens were integrated, such as locating the exact address of the voting booth where they would go to vote, or knowing the behaviours that the law determines as electoral crimes and the way to report them to the competent authority to investigate them for their action.
To what extent is the procedure transferable?
The experience obtained in the implementation of the Electoral Board allowed us to progress in the degree and sophistication of the content, with respect to the previous experience in 2015. In this sense, and despite having achieved a better information site, we realize that there are areas of opportunity and continuous improvement that will undoubtedly increase the quality of the site exponentially, achieving a significant impact on the mission of this tool, as a useful means of citizen empowerment for the next electoral process in the State of Jalisco.
Thus we consider that it is transferable in time and can be used every three years in the electoral processes, but it is also transferable from place: any entity or organization that wants to collect electoral information could use a similar tool.
Why do you consider that the experience is feasible?
It is undoubtedly feasible because no extraordinary economic resources were required due to the fact that there is already: a server to host the Electoral Board; computer expertise; a procedure to deliver information; personnel to whom the organization can be assigned. Its feasibility is evident and transferable every three years.
Which evaluation and accountability mechanisms were used?
As can be seen in a previous section, there were 30,000 visits. For the 2020 process, an impact assessment tool was sent via the Electoral Board website to political parties, candidates, civil society and academia to evaluate the tool. In this exercise, academics from the University of Guadalajara (Dr. Monica Montaño, Professor Harold Dutton, Professor Cásar Omar Perez), Professor Alfredo Ceja from the Universidad Panamericana, political party representative Leonides Zayas and former independent candidates Oswaldo Ramos and Susana Ochoa have evaluated the Electoral Board and issued recommendations.
Some of the conclusions are that the dissemination and socialisation of the tool should be improved in order to have a bigger reach and to improve the generation of statistics to measure impact. This is undoubtedly an area of opportunity.