Saturday, September 6, 2008

Out of Country Voting OCV

What about including the diaspora and refugees in elections? What about hearing their voice? Is there an example that allowed refugees to vote from outside their country and the votes to be accepted internationally? Yes, there is. Over 850,000 Afghan refugees in camps were allowed to vote in elections. The process used was Out of Country Voting (OCV) and was organised over 80 days - voter registration and voting.

The suggestion entails viewing the expulsions of 1948 and 1967 not only as expulsions of people, but also as expulsions of 'voters'. By organising a 'voter registration', a list of 'missing voters' will be compiled in the process. Approximately 1 million people voted in the 2006 elections in the West Bank and Gaza. Approximately another 2 million would be eligible to vote with Out of Country Voting.

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