Today Bilal Mahmood, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green, launched a digital youth campaign team on the CliqStart app to mobilise young voters on election day.
Thanks to the help of some great San-Francisco app developers, Bilal will be using a pioneering new social media tool to connect with young people.
With this initiative, Mr Mahmood aims to make it easier for young voters to mobilise their friends and make their voices heard. He created the task force on a new voter engagement app called CliqStart, where users can take bite-sized actions and challenge their friends to turn out to vote.
Mr Mahmood said: “Empowering young people has been a major focus of my volunteer work for many years, especially during my time working in education charities. We need Chingford and Woodford Green’s youth to engage more in politics and make their vote count.The best way to tackle that is by leveraging new technologies they can use directly from their smartphones. I fear under this current government (and with IDS in charge of Pensions and Work) local young people will have fewer opportunities than I did, so doing anything we can is vital.”
By joining the “Bilal Mahmood for MP” community on CliqStart, users can take concrete actions, like taking pictures of themselves helping distribute campaign flyers in Chingford, or get actively involved on election day. With the app, users can also challenge their friends to either take action or forfeit with a donation to Mr Mahmood’s campaign, in a similar way to the #IceBucketChallenge.
The app can be dowloaded via