Thursday, July 30, 2009

2009 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy - The Korea Herald

The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper:

Political leaders, academic experts and citizen activists from across the globe will gather in Korea on Sept. 13-15 for the 2009 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. They will look into the best practices and new strategies to make our democracies more sustainable and study the experience of Switzerland, where people have been on the political center stage for more than a century. Modern direct democracy.


In terms of the continuous modernization of direct democracy, Switzerland has also turned to the internet. Since the first local e-voting tests in 2003, several cantons have started to offer e-voting during nationwide popular votes, developing technical systems which are ensuring the security of the voting process. This summer it was decided that from 2012, most Swiss voters living abroad (there are about 600,000 of them) shall get the right to vote electronically in elections, initiatives and referendums, and maybe also to sign initiatives -- making modern direct democracy yet another worldwide matter of fact.

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