The process in detail
Step 1. Finding out what the UK parties’ policies are on global issues
We are currently gathering questions from people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana that they would like to put to the UK election candidates.
We will be putting the most popular questions directly to the main political parties, while also asking our UK participants to ask them at candidate hustings events.
For the month of April, people in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana will be able to text their questions directly through local FrontlineSMS-enabled hubs.
Step 2. Sending out the manifestos to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana and holding an election.
The questions and answers from the parties will be translated into local languages and be available online as well as broadcast on local radio and TV networks.
Global UK vote day will be held in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana five days before the UK election.
Participants in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana can vote by sending an SMS to a local number registering their preferred vote. There will also be one or two physical polling stations in each country.
Step 3 . Pairing up voters and vote-donors
We will do our best to pair people up individually. However, it’s more than likely we won’t have exactly the same number of people on both sides of this project. If necessary, we will calculate the proportions for each party, randomise who to send which result to, and fire out the emails/texts.
Step 4. Sending out the votes
On the eve of the UK election, participants in the UK will receive an SMS or email, indicating which party their partner in Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Ghana wishes them to vote for.
Step 5. Casting of the global vote
They then go to the polling booth, tick the relevant box and, if they wish, take a photo on their mobile phone to confirm the vote (see letter from the electoral commission).
This project is real. With your help for the first time anywhere, ever, we will be taking democracy beyond borders.