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Google Launches Election Trends Page for Pakistan Ahead of Polls

As Pakistan gears up for the general elections on February 8, Google has introduced a Pakistan election trends page, a tool that shows the top search queries, topics, and interests in the parties contesting the elections. The page also provides data on the top election-related topics searched in each part of the country, such as the economy, taxes, and wages, among others.

Google announced the launch of the Pakistan election trends page in a statement on Tuesday, saying that it aims to help the media outlets and the general public get easy access to this data. The tech giant also said that all the charts from the trends page are embeddable on any site and will be updated even after they’re placed on an outlet’s site.

However, Google clarified that the page is a tool reflecting what people are searching not “a poll or survey and does not reflect voting intentions”. “It merely reflects people’s search interest about particular topics at a local level over a period of time. A spike in a particular search query does not reflect that a political party is somehow ‘more popular’ or ‘winning’, said Google.

The Pakistan election trends page can be accessed at https://trends.google.com/trends/story/US_cu_f94J7IwBAAD6sM_en. The page shows the overall search interest in the main parties, such as the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and the PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as well as the regional parties, such as the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and the Awami National Party (ANP).

The page also shows the top trending queries related to the elections, such as “Pakistan General Election 2024”, “Election Commission of Pakistan”, and “Pakistan election opinion polls”. The page also displays the top trending topics related to the elections, such as “Imran Khan”, “Nawaz Sharif”, and “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari”.

The page also provides a breakdown of the search interest in the top election-related topics by province, such as “corruption”, “education”, and “healthcare”. The page also allows users to compare the search interest in different parties, candidates, and topics over time and across regions.

The Pakistan election trends page is part of Google’s efforts to provide useful and relevant information to the users during the election season. Google has also set up a dedicated page for the Pakistan general elections on its search engine, where users can find information about the election schedule, the candidates, the constituencies, the results, and the news.

Google has also partnered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to provide voter education and awareness through its platforms, such as YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Assistant. Google has also launched a voter helpline on its assistant, where users can ask questions about the elections, such as how to register, where to vote, and what to bring.

Google hopes that its election trends page and other initiatives will help the users make informed decisions and participate in the democratic process.

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