BLACK BRITAIN DECIDES
BLACK BRITAIN DECIDES
The General Election can’t come soon enough for some as we experience the longest political campaign in history, and today Britain decides who will be our prime minister.
On the 6th May 2015 a day before the General Election, the YouGov Poll displays Conservative and Labour are neck to neck at 34%, with UKIP next in lead at 12%. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons. A party needs to win one more than half to form a majority government.
Now, more significant than ever the black vote could be the final deciding vote, Operation Black Vote has been delivering the Black Vote and ethnic minority campaign as high priority to the general election.
THE GOLDEN VOTE
A black and ethnic minority vote, also known as the golden vote has a significance way beyond its individual vote. When cast, a golden vote becomes a deciding factor whether or not a candidate wins or loses. Ultimately, the golden vote decides who walks through the 10 Downing St. door when all the votes are counted.
The golden vote has become part of that crucial deciding vote because of two key factors: first and foremost; the ethnic minority population is huge particularly in many marginal seats including in and around London, the home counties, the Midlands and the Northwest; secondly, the response to Operation Black Vote’s three month voter registration campaign which was launched at Westminster University and took to the streets via the OBV eXpress, has now targeted a million people.
28 percent of black Britons were unregistered to vote in the last election
The black and ethnic minority vote could be the fundamental growth in the British democracy. The equality of British citizens and the fight against racism can only be addressed with the support of the black vote in Britain.
“We believe the fight for race equality will only be won once democracy delivers real political accountability.”-OBV
International footballer Sol Campbell said “I know you don’t feel represented by politicians. But the thing is if you’re not registered to vote, they won’t ever listen, it’s a chicken and egg…because as soon as you register, they listen. You matter.”
Black celebrities were recently seen on Operation Black Vote campaign posters with white faces painted on to encourage ethnic minorities in the UK to vote. Deemed as a controversial campaign, but it may have successfully served its purpose when we receive polling results and statistics after Election Day.
The campaign posters featured the likes of rapper, Tinie Tempah and Paralympic champion Ade Adepitan, the poster reads: “If you don’t register to vote you’re taking the colour out of Britain.”
Actor David Harewood also spoke during the OBV campaign “I think there is a great deal of cynicism out there amongst black and minority ethnic communities that we feel we are powerless…we have demonstrated that with those marginal seats we are far from powerless, we are powerful, we can decide who has the keys to Downing Street.” Today is the day Britain decides as the public head to polling stations to make their vote count, and today only on OH TV we bring you ‘Election Thursday’ from 9pm-11pm.
OH TV presents you with the brand new mini-series ‘The Funny Side of Politics’, get ready for the mindless Election Debate and the craziest manifestos from the UK’s funniest election candidates.
Don’t miss comedians, KAT, MR CEE, SLIM, RUDI LICKWOOD, and MELANIE GAYLE in ‘The Funny Side of Politics’ this Thursday only on OH TV.
Also catch the AY LIVE 2015, where AY showcases his own version of the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election Results. AY is joined by comedy pals, Seyilaw, Helen Paul, Funnybone, MC Shakara and many more.
TUNE IN TO OH TV FOR ELECTION THURSDAY
| DATE | Thursday 7th May
| TIME | 9pm-11pm
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| WATCH THE ‘FUNNY SIDE OF POLITICS’ PROMO HERE |
| OPERATION BLACK VOTE WEBSITE |
| OPERATION BLACK VOTE CAMPAIGN |