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ANCHOVY PLC’s Dubai office has been appointed to design and build a customised online voting platform for the Arabian Parliament of the Child in Sharjah, UAE. A Council for children’s dialogue, the Arab Parliament of the child aims to train children in meaningful dialogue and on how to express their wishes and needs in accordance with the principles of Shura, as well as to form the core nucleus of the State Parliamentary Councils.

Only taking 6 weeks from conception to deployment, the highly secure electronic platform includes a portal for members, administrators, and auditors that ensured votes and information were accurately managed and facilitated the process for up to two rounds of voting. ANCHOVY’s strategic division, which headed the project, had the task of ensuring a seamless user experience and reporting that could cater to varying skill sets and ages ranging from eight to eleven years old.

Ayman Othman Al-Barout, the Secretary-General for the Arab Parliament for the Child, praised ANCHOVY’s efforts by stressing the ease and usability of the voting platform. He said, “We needed to vote for a number of different positions including The President, two Vice Presidents and a permanent committee, namely the activities and Events Committee, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child.”

He continued, “These were to be elected by 68 members from 17 countries. This is not a simple task, seeing that we also had 12 members nominated for president, 10 nominated for first deputy, and 8 nominated for the second deputy. The platform allowed us to run a straightforward, non-time-consuming process that can only benefit us moving forward.”

This platform created by ANCHOVY PLC served to ensure that all preliminary voting for this election was done safely and in a secured manner. The digital experience agency also partnered with local partners TechFirm to ensure the best navigation of the local market and seeking out the best approach that works in the region.

Al-Barout added, “The main objective of the Parliament is to care about Arab youth across all Arab countries. Its role is to offer the children everything they need to be able to grow and progress in their lives, including their participation in society and their contribution to building their countries.”

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