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Germans can’t wait for election Sunday September 25, 2009

Posted by kewroad in government.
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This Sunday Germans have two reasons to be very nervous. One is the uncertainty about the result of the national election, because polls indicate that no expected coalition will gain majority and take over. The other one is: will the election be manipulated by Twitter? On the afternoon of the election day all parties receive what they call exit-polls including figures and trends about the votes. So everybody fears that the parties publish the figures via Twitter which could make those change their mind who go  voting in the later afternoon.

Earlier this year MPs were distributing the results of the election of the Federal President via Twitter in advance. The conclusion of this could be: Germany is not that far behind when it comes to social networks and the internet really provides a forum to political discussion.

To be continued.

Bettina Joedicke