With the local elections just around the corner (May 5), Birmingham City Council has again joined forces with Birmingham Updates to offer a news and information service via mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
In a bid to engage a wider audience in the democratic process, the council is sending voter information, candidate lists results and other election news via Whatsapp – both in the build-up to May 5 and throughout the local elections count.
The service proved successful for last year’s General and local elections and Birmingham Returning Officer Mark Rogers, said: “Over the last few years our online election updates and results via Twitter have proved extremely popular and we decided to extend that coverage to reach a different audience through WhatsApp. The updates were popular, so we’re offering the service again this year.”
How to subscribe
If you subscribed to last year’s service and did not subsequently unsubscribe, you will start to receive messages shortly.
If you did not subscribe last year but would like to receive election news, results, pictures and video, delivered straight to your mobile, you should:
Download WhatsApp messenger for your phone https://www.whatsapp.com/
Save the following number in your phone’s contacts: 07593 166 117
WhatsApp the message BrumVotes to 07593 166 117
How to unsubscribe
If you change your mind, WhatsApp STOPBrumVotes to the same number.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.
Click here to download WhatsApp messenger for your phone https://www.whatsapp.com/