Headline Oct 27, 2014/

''' Extraterri​torial -POLITICS- Elections '''

ALL YEE,  Great Students  -by the hundreds and thousands, keep posing questions to and on -

Democracy, Politics, Elections, '' Returning Officers ''

Obviously,  the brilliant among you. are looking at the possibility of !WOW! calling for   global elections   in not too distant a future?! 

That is very true! 

So, I set out to research and produce before you historic laws, model and reference to consider building on. 

The world has one in place. so I micro-view i as we begin moving to the base line.  .
And since you all wanted a an expatriates perspective, the operational research is set forth in that context:

In 2012, thirty polling stations in Toronto, Montreal and five other cities helped French expatriates in Canada vote in their country's presidential elections in April and May.

But Canada authorities would prefer their French guests not to cast ballot in the legislative election, which was to begin, outside France, on June 2nd

For the first time French citizens in North America  -and in ten other new constituencies around the world will have the right to elect their parliamentary representatives.

Canada wanted the poll shut down. Since  2008  it has objected that such elections were interference and challenged its own sovereignty. It complained about polls of Algerian expatriates in May and of Tunisian emigrants.

But the global trend was the other way. Around a dozen countries, like France, give non-resident citizens their own advocates in parliament.

Since 2006 Italy has set aside  18  seats for compatriots elected in four continent sized constituencies.

Croatia, Morocco and Colombia have similar systems.

Many states allow emigrants to cast absentee ballots in their home constituencies.

But migrants argue that fully fledged representatives defend the diaspora's interest better.

France's global voters worry particularly about issues such as consular services, the state funding of French schools abroad   -such as Lycees-  and taxes on earnings abroad.

Julien Balkany, a candidate who stood in France's new North American constituency,  says emigrants want champions back home, so that they can return to a society that values their international experience, not one that sneers at their globetrotting.

The politics of extraterritorial elections are complex.

Emigrants tend to be politically conservative   -so right-wing governments encourage diaspora voting.

But emigre communities can be meddlesome, so politicians often try to limit their influence in domestic affairs.

One way is to make foreign constituencies bigger.

Portugal, for example, has only two: one to represent its emigrants in Europe, and a second for those in the rest of the world.      

Arrangements for expat voters will attract increasing interest and controversy as migrants multiply. Around 2 million French live abroad, a population increasing by more than 4% a year.

They may also begin to appeal to countries, like Ireland, that still disenfranchise
emigrants entirely. 

Few foreign governments object to featuring in another country's electoral system, and those that do have little power to prevent it. For example:

Canada cannot stop the French government placing ballot boxes in its consulates -even though it claims it has international law on its side-,

In any case, French citizens abroad can now vote over the Internet.

The Honour and Serving of the post continues. Thank you for reading and please do share forward as !WOW! begins scaling for global elections.

With respectful dedication to the Students of the World. See Ya all on !WOW! -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

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