Electoral Practices Here and Abroad

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Electoral Practices Here and Abroad


Results of Israeli elections for the 19th Knesset held yesterday (22 January 2013) should be out by today. In most countries, election results are out within 24 hours.

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(In non-democratic countries, results are known weeks before the elections).

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We must, therefore, be even more democratic than democratic countries, because Comelec and Congress take weeks before announcing the results...which by tradition are subsequently challenged by the loser.

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UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE. Israel's elections reflect the strong democratic tradition of the State of Israel, and are a lively and colorful exercise with wide array of debate and interest.

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The Chinese, Israelis, and Pinoys are present throughout the world. But we are the only ones who exercise the right of universal suffrage universally.

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Except in Hong Kong, Chinese aren't famous for conducting elections of their representatives, if they vote at all.

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Israeli citizens 18 years and above are eligible to vote in over 10,000 electoral precincts. But Israeli law does not provide for absentee ballots and in general, voting takes place only on Israeli soil. (Exceptions are made for Israeli citizens serving abroad on official business who can vote in 96 Israeli embassies and consulates or on Israeli ships).

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BOSTON TEA PARTY IN REVERSE. In comparison, PH gives the right to vote to our OFWs and expats abroad, even after dispensing with the obligation for them to pay taxes. …

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