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The first ever-cross border election marks turning point in the history of democracy

Give your Vote campaign

Operation Black Vote has been following Lewisham resident and OBV graduate Agnes Agyepong, the Ghanaian co-ordinator of the Give your Vote campaign.

The first ever-cross border election marks turning point in the history of democracy Last week, citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana casted votes in UK elections.

Thousands of British citizens have donated their votes to people around the world directly affected by UK government policies on war, climate and trade.

The ‘GIVE YOUR VOTE’ initiative allows people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana to have a vote in the UK election by linking up with a ‘Vote Pal’ in the UK, or sending a text to a UK citizen who has pledged to represent their votes on election day.

The actor Keith Allen who pledged his Stroud constituency vote to Atique Chowdhary a coastal worker in Bangladesh, whose island was submerged because of rising sea-levels, said “If capitalism knows no boundaries then neither do I.”

Voting took place by a mass text in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana on Friday 30th April. Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, a patron of the campaign, calls Give Your Vote “a radical call for a world where all human beings have an equal say in the politics that affect them”.

Margarita, 72 who runs a cafe in Brixton market and is giving her vote in the UK election said, “We have one world not seven, I want to be in harmony with the people who are affected by the UK around the world and by giving my vote I am helping others have a voice.”

Lewisham resident, Agnes Agyepong, who is co-ordinating the Ghanaian activities of campaign said, “Ghana is affected directly by decisions made by British politicians within the British foreign policy framework, and in their multilateral engagements on matters such as international trade and development aid, where the power relations place Ghana at a disadvantage”.

Click on the following link to view coverage of the Give Your Vote team in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2yutr5IApE

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