The Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute of the State of Jalisco (Electoral Institute) is the autonomous public body responsible for the exercise of the state function of organising local electoral processes and plebiscite and referendum processes. The Institute ensures free, genuine and periodic elections and is independent in its decisions and functioning, permanent and professional in its performance. The Repository is a joint proposal of each of the areas that make up the Institute and that contribute as a promoter of civic education, democratic culture through the implementation of programmes and activities on a permanent basis, as well as the implementation of mechanisms for citizen participation in order to strengthen the principles, values and practices of democracy in different sectors of Jalisco's society. The Institute's website is a tool that aims to enhance the active participation of citizens and, at the same time, to circulate knowledge, providing the necessary material to generate interest and accumulate experiences.
The platform of the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute of the State of Jalisco is a joint proposal of each of the areas that make it up, it is a kit of permanent programmes and activities, ranging from the dissemination of mechanisms for citizen participation, a bank of good practices whose objective is to make visible international, national and local experiences that have been successful and innovative, and which functions as a tool that synthesises evidence on experiences that can serve as a guide for the formulation and implementation of new actions.
It contains an Electoral Dashboard whose main objective is to provide citizens with information and the necessary instruments to cast an informed vote in the elections of the 2020-2021 electoral process; it has also developed the First Aid Kit Against Gender-Based Violence, a microsite that provides relevant information on women's political participation. The platform seeks the creation of knowledge networks to which the entire population of the State of Jalisco has easy access.
In this sense, the efforts made to make information available to citizens go beyond just uploading it to the platform, the work is to socialise, and the Institute has sought to promote the conditions to ensure that the information is as clear as possible and that it can be consulted by any group of people.
On the platform there are several elements to highlight in addition to the permanent online courses on citizen participation, work is being done on the Bank of Good Practices, an effort of the Institute to make visible international, national and local experiences that have been successful and innovative, the initiative is a tool that synthesises evidence on experiences that can serve as a guide for the formulation and implementation of new actions. The intention is not to replace good practices, but to contribute to and complement the efforts made to make information available to citizens, so that these interventions can be adapted and implemented in other contexts, nor is it intended to retain the static idea of a bank of good practices, as a platform for collecting documents, but as a platform for the exchange of good experiences and ideas.
On the other hand, there is also the Election Dashboard, whose main objective is to provide citizens with the necessary tools to be able to cast an informed vote in elections. The information contained in the Electoral Dashboard contributes to empower citizens to demand the fulfilment of the political, economic and social proposals presented by the candidates in the current 2020-2021 electoral process.
These are just some of the elements that make up the list of actions that seek to bring the citizens of Jalisco closer to a democratic life in Jalisco. The amount of information and the effort to manage it is what makes the website innovative. It also includes editorial material with information in which all areas participate, not only in Spanish and English, but also in other languages, with an inclusive perspective.
Both material and human resources do not constitute a significant source of expenditure, since it is the staff themselves who are responsible for managing, supplying and updating the content, which at the same time makes it structurally accessible and user-friendly so that it can be better used. In addition, it is a tool for universal access, taking into account the context of the digital era in which we live today. The role of the actors who have collaborated with the Institute is mainly as dissemination channels, because through their networks, the information generated on the website manages to reach different audiences. The website, as well as each of the microsites that make it up, is constantly being updated; the institute is committed to citizen participation, which is why citizens are invited to send comments, suggestions and doubts through social networks or through the website's messenger.
Official website of the Electoral Institute