Your Local Representatives
is a collaborative platform that allowed citizens to learn more about the candidates running in the municipal elections of 2016 in Costa Rica. In the website, each voter could search for or add information about candidates for mayors and councilors in the 81 Cantons of the country. This digital innovation created a database that included each candidate's photograph, email, social network accounts, official website, position in the party list, profession and important background information.
Unlike the information located on the website of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which includes only the information provided by the parties, Your Local Representatives had greater flexibility in investigating and collecting data. This information came from sources as varied as party publications, social networks, press articles or interviews with candidates in local media outlets. All the data collected were made available to the public under an open license.