MPs of #Sri Lanka
Understanding the Parliament through Visualising
1/ This article describes a web app, for visualising the MPs of the @ParliamentLK.
This will help us better understand the current bunch, & be more informed, critical, & careful when it is time to elect the next.
2/ The App visualises parliament by “cutting” MPs by various dimensions.
E.g. This visualisations cuts by age and gender.
Only 12 MPs are women. And only 13 are <40 years. The remaining 200 are men >40.
#SriLanka #NoRepresentation @ParliamentLK
3/ You can choose various “cut” dimensions. From #Political Parties, to #Education & #Profession, to Voting Record, to Electoral Regions, to #Religion & #Ethnicity.
4/ “Show Statistical Trends” is a powerful feature, that tells you if apparent trends are real or just random.
E.g. Did parties vote differently for the 20th amendment? Clearly.
#SriLanka #20th #21A
5/ “Show Statistical Trends” can also prove trends to be random.
E.g. Did we favour #women in the National List?
Proportionally there are more women in the NT compared to parliament as a whole. So yes?
No! “Show Statistical Trends” shows that this could be purely due to noise.
#NotStatSig #SriLanka @ParliamentLK
6/ Let’s look at a few more examples.
Q: How many “doctors” are in parliament?
Q: Does the National List favour “doctors”?
7/ Q: How many MPs have a bachelors degree or better?
8/ Q: How many MPs are over 70 years old?
#SriLanka #TimeToRetire #TermLimits #DeathBeforeRetirement @ParliamentLK
9/ Q: What Province elects the most female MPs?
A: Sabaragamuwa (4) #StatSig
10/ Q: Are political parties agnostic to religion?
A: Hell no!
@PodujanaParty favours Buddhist MPs. @sjbsrilanka Muslims. ITAK Hindus and Christians. #StatSig.
#SriLanka @ParliamentLK #CountryBeforeReligion
11/ Finally, I added a “Miscellaneous & Fun” section with some amusing but useless dimensions.
E.g. If you are an MP, you’re far more likely to have a birthday in September (12%) compared to July (3.6%).
Is this #StatSig? Well you know how to find out.
12/ You can find the @reactjs app source in the @github repo below.
As usual, feel free to fork, modify, suggest improvements or report issues.
Feel free to fork.
Finally, this is still a WIP. Please comment with suggestions. Especially what data you’d like to see here.
Democracy cannot work without an informed voter base!