In spring 2017, our election machine with the candidate gallery was by far the most popular service in Yle's digital domain, providing public service for millions of visitors. We granted the candidates access to a digital platform that allowed them to present themselves and their opinions directly to their voters, free of charge. 53% of all candidates in the municipal elections took this opportunity. A third of these candidates created a video using the mobile app.
There were rough patches in the process, yet we made it. We now have a system and the experience Yle can reuse in upcoming elections and other similar applications.
The project is also an example of how digitalization can save costs on the public sector. According to Yle's article in NODA, the 2015 candidate gallery with the studio interviews took six man-years to complete. This time the amount of work per published candidate video was significantly less.
The 2017 election app is now closed, but you can see the latest and the previous public advisors and galleries through these links:
Vaalikone Kuntavaalit 2017
Vaalikone Eduskuntavaalit 2015
Vaalikone Eurovaalit 2014