MUSCAT: The Ministry of Interior launched an electronic public service codenamed 'My Page' as part of its 'Intikhab' app and the Shura Council’s election website (elections.om). The new service will enable candidates contesting the 10th term elections to promote their electoral campaigns.
'My Page' service displays the candidates' personal data and allows them to publish their photos, videos and posts in accordance with approved electoral campaigns regulations. The service will enable voters to view the list of candidates, follow up their updates, interact with them and comment on their content. The launch of the new service provides a kind of transparency (allowing voters to get to know the candidates) and constitutes a step forward in digital practice that promotes Oman’s status in ratings assessing progress in e-government, said Dr Ali bin Amer al Shaithani, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology for Communications and Information Technology, Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Shura Council elections for the tenth term.
Ahmed bin Abdullah al Maamari, Director of the Electoral Register Project at the Ministry of Interior, said that the Ministry of Interior takes steps to facilitate the participation of candidates and voters in Shura Council elections by launching such services. "'My Page' enables candidates to engage better with voters, through electoral campaigns, while at the same time enabling voters to communicate with their candidates and learn about them," he said.
The launch of the service was attended by Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Chairman of the Elections’ Main Committee, Shaikh Al Mokhtar Abdullah al Harthy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court, Head of the Elections Supreme Committee, Sayyid Khalifa Al Murdas al Busaidy, Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, and Mohammed bin Said al Balushi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Chairman of the Media Committee. The app’s launch coincided with the ministry’s participation in the activities of COMEX 2023 technology exhibition, currently held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC). - ONA