LEADERS' FOREIGN POLICY DEBATE BROADCAST ONTO STREETS IN KABUL

This week will see the leaders' debate beamed to Kabul, Accra and Dhaka where locals will be deciding which of the parties – if any- will be getting their votes in this election.

As part of the Give Your Vote campaign, which is allowing individuals in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana to vote in the election using donated votes from the UK, the street debates mark a series of events in the countdown to Global UK Vote Day when thousands in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana will be able to text their votes to their UK counterparts.

Thousands of UK voters have registered to receive a text message from an individual in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana on the eve of the UK election, telling them how they would like to vote in an innovative campaign challenging the lack of democracy in international decision-making on issues of climate change, war and trade.

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, who is 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”.

The GIVE YOUR VOTE campaign will see over the next week:

* Thousands of posters lining the streets of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana depicting the three party leaders and the slogan ‘Use a UK Vote”
* Questions from communities directly affected by UK decisions on war, climate, trade and migration have been put to politicians aross the country. Video responses are being aired on national television networks in these countries.
* Live local responses to the Leaders' debate will be added to twitter channels on the Give Your Vote site and feed into the online community discussion around debate.

Hameed Sarwar, a student who will be watching the debates from Kabul, said: "I want to know who will distribute aid better in my country. Currently all the aid money goes to the Taleban areas."

Tasmeen Firdous who is a climate migrant in Dhaka, said "we are waiting to see who is most progressive on climate change. Decisions in London impact my family here in Bangladesh".

"As we turn our attention in the UK to foreign policy it’s critical that those who these policies actually affect are not left out of the debate – what we want to see is a world where these governments are forced to take these individuals into account because they have a democratic right in international decision making”. said Ayca Roycop, one of the organisers.

LSE Professor and Fellow at the Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation in Warwick, Jan Aarte Scholte said, "Give Your Vote challenges us to reinvent meaningful democracy for today’s more global world.”

Bangladeshi Economist and member of the Nobel-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team, Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed also supporting the campaign said, “'In the highly iniquitous global order, the developed countries call all the shots. Give Your Vote invokes the inherent equality of all human beings to take part in global, political, economic and climate change related decisions by developed countries, that affect their lives and livelihoods."

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Notes to editors

1. Give Your Vote is a campaign run by Egality, a global network of activists campaigning for a word where "everyone everywhere has an equal say in the issues that affect them".

2. Thousands of UK voters have pledged their votes to people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana in protest at the lack of democracy in international issues of climate change, migration, poverty and war.

3. Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has endorsed the campaign, saying "we are now facing a global apartheid. We need to rethink our politics for today's world. We must strive for a global democracy, in which not only the rich and powerful have a say, but which treats everyone, everywhere with dignity and respect." Full endorsement here.

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