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About Us

Introduction

Phone2Vote.Com (P2V) is a platform for groups of citizens to discuss topics, conduct polls, send petitions and voice messages through dedicated phone lines directly to politicians to solve problems. The platform helps the citizens collaborate with politicians. The politicians can listen to the views of citizens and respond to them on an ongoing basis, and not just when the elections are round the corner or on big occasions.

P2V makes democracy more useful to people who have very limited resources. The working of the groups is democratic; equal rights to all, easy to form groups or drop off from one. It has a telephone system with a dedicated number for each politician so that citizens can leave voice messages and get return calls to discuss and solve their problems.

It must be noted that citizens who send internet or phone messages will be giving out their contact details which will be used by the politicians to respond to such citizens. However, this information will not be used by P2V for any commercial purpose, other than as stated in the user terms published on this website.

P2V is building the all India data of MPs and MLAs, as well as all Politicians who are aspiring to contest elections, serve peole. It is a large task and accuracy of data is difficult to achieve. We appeal to all to extend their cooperation by pointing out inaccuracies and mistakes, help by giving feedback to support@phone2vote.com with corrections and suggestions. Thank you.

P2V is taking democracy to every person who can make a phone call. This system is effective if politicians take up this service. The first step to do this well is to gather accurate data of all politicians and their constituencies. P2V enables you to become a Champion of Democracy by giving a simple tool to gather data and be a partner. The second step is for Politicians to sign up for P2V; as a Champion of Democracy you may try and persuade politicians to join. Click here and begin. Write to us atsupport@phone2vote.com. Thank you Champion!

How does this work? Are there any charges?

P2V provides a dedicated telephone number and a web page to every politician. They may already be elected or wanting to be elected as MLAs, MPs etc.

Using the dedicated telephone number any citizen, from the constituency of the politician, can call and record a message about any problem or issue, individual or community related. This message will be available for the Politician and his/her assistants to hear; the telephone number of the citizen will be available for them to call back, discuss and solve.

Using the dedicated web page of the politician any citizen may form groups and discuss issues and problems with fellow citizens. Citizens can send petitions and rate politicians. Politicians can reply to citizens and also form their own groups to get the views of the citizens on any topic.

Many services for the citizens are free of charge; later some of the services may be at cost. The politicians have to pay an annual fee for the dedicated telephone number, its voice messaging and all related systems, together with the dedicated web page and all its features.

The annual fee is Rs 1,00,000 which is available at a 25% inaugural discount. Therefore, the total annual fee, to be paid at the beginning of each year, is Rs 75,000 plus service tax of 12.36% which totals to Rs 84,270 for the first year. The telephone number is permanent to the politician subject to the payment being made regularly each year.

The features and analysis of the constituency will be expanded. The system is designed for politicians who are dedicated to public service for the long term. They can authorize P2V to transfer the telephone line and all the web page resources and all its data to their successors.

How are the groups formed?

P2V groups are formed by any citizen for any topic in any area or constituency in an instant. Any citizen can start a group by simply giving a name to it that is close to the topic or some purpose that he or she decides. The groups may be formed to discuss issues that may be local, regional or national.

A group may send petitions to a politician who has already taken up the services of P2V. If such a politician has not taken P2V services then any of the group members individually or together may attempt to persuade the politician and be a Champion of Democracy. Click here for details.

What is the purpose of the groups and how can they be useful to Citizens?

The purpose of these groups is to conduct short message discussions on topics of common interest and polls to gather the opinions of citizens on specific questions. The results are then forwarded to leaders like Lok Sabha MPs, Rajya Sabha MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Mayors, Council members, or any political leader in these constituencies and so on, with the profile of the group.

The profile would show that the group’s people are from the area that votes for or against them, so the leaders may take these results from the groups seriously and respond to them as well.

An important feature is any person, including those who contested and lost or others who want to get into politics now will be able to use the services on this platform and respond to citizens. This will bring in serious competition between all politicians to provide help to citizens.

What are the features of the groups?

The groups may be private or public, for a limited time or for an indefinite period. Anyone in the group can give an opinion, hiding their identity, or can drop off and start a new group.

Anyone can suggest a topic for discussion or conduct a poll. The results of Instant Polls or discussions are published for the members of the group and others based on options chosen.

Examples of Important Features

  • Leaders Interact: Leaders can form groups and be Group Coordinators (GCs) for various issues; e.g. Himmat Nagar Drinking Water Group, Bapu Nagar Garbage Problem Group, Bada Talaab Lake Pollution Group, Shanti Nagar Crime Reduction Group, Temple Sanctity Group, Agri Market Yard Group and so on.
  • Instant Polls: Groups can have single word or letter (Y or N) answer based polls on questions. E.g. if there is an important bill under vote in the Assembly or Lok Sabha then a group can have polls on each provision of the bill and convey their views to the MLA or Lok Sabha MP of their constituency.
  • Leader Star Rating: Citizens can give stars to the leaders who are in office, out of office or aspiring for office. P2V will publish the weighted average Star Rating of leaders.

Examples of Benefits to individuals

  • Every citizen’s opinion is heard by the group, it is conveyed to leaders in the constituency who may respond; they can become GCs and be an opinion leader too
  • They frequently interact with their leaders and communicate on important issues, can possibly solve individual problems, and rate the leaders on their performance
  • Ordinary people will make leaders improve on their performance to the benefit of all; simply put, this is democracy for every individual, regardless of their status and beliefs

Examples of Benefits to Group Coordinators (GCs)

  • By being GCs they are already leaders. They can lead the group’s opinion and interact with the leaders of the constituency on behalf of their group
  • P2V may display the photos of GCs leading groups of a certain size
  • The GCs may become politicians by starting multiple groups and growing them in size

Examples of Benefits to Leaders and how they can use the system

  • The leaders will become aware of the opinions and aspirations of their voters on specific issues. They can align their thinking with that of the citizens
  • Leaders can conduct polls through groups they formed and get accurate feedback
  • The platform provides them an opportunity to get close to people right from their office
  • The number is permanent and they can transfer all the benefits of the system to their chosen successor. If a political party pays for the system then all the rights belong to it
  • The five steps for a politician to take P2V services:
    • The first step for the politician is to read the agreement available on the website of www.phone2vote.com and if they agree proceed to the second step
    • The second step is to pay P2V by way of a cheque Rs 84,270 and mail it to::
      • Phone2Vote India Private Limited
        2, Avenue 4, Road No 10, Banjara Hills
        Hyderabad 500034
    • The third step is to wait for a P2V email intimating their password and relevant details on how to log in to their web page and upload details about themselves
    • The fourth step is to use the details in P2V email, record the greeting messages on their telephone number for citizens to identify their voice and leave a message
    • Popularize their telephone number and the web page in the constituency; organize their office and assistants to reply to all the messages and serve the citizens

Examples of Benefits to society

  • Enhances efficiency of democracy by its inexpensive and easy to use features
  • Complex issues can be broken down into small portions; citizens can understand such small parts of topics easily and give their opinion
  • People discuss and share their views with leaders; society becomes mature and cohesive. People collaborate with politicians instead of only criticizing them
  • Leaders learn the views of their citizens on specific issues; this avoids mis-interpretation or ignorance on what the people want
  • Accountability of the leaders is specific and measurable
  • People talk without fear because they form the groups, no one is watching them, they have the option to hide self identity on messages they send
  • Rating of politicians and its publication makes them responsive and align with the people
  • Politicians themselves have a platform to create groups and collaborate with their voters
  • These groups offer scope for new leaders to be groomed