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Step 7: The Global Vote

Your Global Vote Day can take place on any day up to 1 June 2021.

Inspire your students by showing videos with other children organizing their Global Vote days, and by reading stories online and in The Globe.

It’s important that every child knows enough about all the nominated Child Rights Heroes to be able to make an informed choice in the Global Vote. No-one should interfere with the child’s choice of candidate.

INVITE THE COMMUNITY

... invite family members and local leaders to your Global Vote Day.
... invite local media (with plenty of advance warning). This gives the children a chance to make their voices heard on the topic of rights and democracy.

APPOINT KEY PEOPLE!

  • Presiding Officers. Tick off voters on the voting register and give out ballot papers.
  • Election Supervisors. Oversee the voting and vote count, and check that all who have voted get a paint or ink mark.
  • Vote Counters. Count the votes and send in the result.

You will need:

BALLOT PAPERS AND REGISTER

Download the ballot papers or make your own. The voting register includes all children who have a right to vote (until the year they turn 18). On voting day, every student’s name is ticked off as they cast their vote.

BALLOT BOXES

Ballot boxes can be made of cardboard, tin cans, jars, woven palm leaves or anything that can hold ballot papers.

VOTING BOOTH FOR SECRECY

A voting booth is necessary to make sure voting is secret. In the Brazilian rainforest, students cover bamboo frames with leaves. Use your own creativity and local materials! Some schools contact local electoral authorities and borrow voting booths from them.

CASTING THE VOTES

Children join the voting queue. One by one, they go up to the presiding officers, who give out ballot papers and tick off each name on the voting register. The children step into the voting booth alone. They mark their choice on the ballot paper, and fold it so that nobody can see how they voted. They then go to place it in the ballot box.

PREVENT CHEATING

Each child’s finger/nail is marked with paint once they have cast their vote. Prepare paint that is hard to wash off, such as juice from cactus, inkpad ink, or a marker pen.

COUNT THE VOTES

Once everyone has voted, the vote counters begin their work. Finally, the result of your Global Vote Day can be announced.

NOT A COMPETITION!

The Global Vote is not a competition. All candidates have made fantastic contributions and are honoured at the WCP ceremony.

REPORT THE RESULTS

Report the results for each of the candidates by 1 June 2021. If you have a WCP Coordinator in your country, report to them. Otherwise, use the ballot box at: worldschildrensprize.org or send an email to info@worldschildrensprize.org

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

When all the votes from around the world are added together. Then, children around the world reveal the big news about the WCP Decade Child Rights Hero, and demand respect for the Rights of the Child at World’s Children’s Press Conferences. Contact your Country coordinator or the WCP directly if you would like to organize a press conference.

WORLD'S CHILDRENS PRIZE FOUNDATION

Långgatan 13, 647 30, Mariefred, Sweden
Phone: +46-159-129 00 • info@worldschildrensprize.org

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