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After 100 hours of voting the polls have closed in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana.
School yards, seminars and street jams saw incredible turnouts as people gathered to share a historic and beautiful moment in the story of democracy.
Ready to cast a vote in an election thousands of miles, but only one text message, away.
"This is not just about the results of the UK election - this is a completely new way of seeing our world; our relationships and our future and that's why I am here voting." - Samina - a student in Bangladesh
Now for the Science Bit...
In the early hours of Friday morning, the first vote arrived from Afghanistan - through a phone connected to a computer in the office of Khaliq yar (the only Afghan we know who can boast of his own personal satellite)
In the basement of one of Ghana's biggest TV stations, unbeknown to his bosses, IT guy Daniel manned the all-important 'vote-phone' while watching the Liverpool v Inter match.
Over in Bangladesh, news of the first global voting hack had spread as far as media mogal Faisal Bhaiq who enabled the campaign to reach thousands more by generously donated a special 4-digit vote short code for the occasion. It all runs on the open source Frontline SMS software
Here are some of the highlights from the voting marathan:
Afghanistan: rally for real democracy
"It was incredibly moving in Afghanistan to be announcing the vote. Women on the sidewalk who heard the speakers and realised what we were doing had tears in their eyes. Another passer-by shouted, "God bless the people of the UK with peace in their hearts!". Behind the heated debates about which party's policies were in fact best for the Afghan people, everyone involved had a sense of the thrill of being part of something so heartfelt and revolutionary. It was spine-tingingly. No one who was there would forget it." - Osama Qashoo, local coordinator
"If you see the eagerness among them then you will judge how they are enthusiast in having peaceful and indiscriminately relation with all over the world's population rather thinking of killing them. Do not forget their votes and don't marginalize them in the future. Thank you all for providing us this great chance to take part in your election and show our wishes and concerns about the future decision makings." Juma Paiman, teacher
Bangladesh - Chain for Equality
“I voted for the Liberal Democrats as they’ve pledged major cuts in carbon emissions by 2050 -Many people, including my family who lost their house to river erosion, are suffering from climate change in Bangladesh, and I know that developing countries are most responsible for this - Give Your Vote is an opportunity for me to have a say.” Murtaq Faiz, Dhaka slums.
Ghana - Street Jam Vote
"In an atmosphere of Aid agencies where the directives are always coming from very far we are set on changing that for the directives to come right from the people who know what the case is on the ground. To talk about empowerment as an agenda from another country's government with no process for us as Africans to be at the table is an oxymoron." Kwabene Okai Ofosuhene."
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