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comments icon【英国大选】贝茨勋爵夫妇呼吁在英华人登记投票发声,不再做​“哑裔”!

 

大选来临,贝茨勋爵夫妇撰文呼吁在英华人参与选举登记!

原文翻译如下:

在英华人约占英国总人口的1%。按照这个人数比例,应该在英国国会下议院占有6个席位。但是,在以往的选举中,由于很多华人没有进行登记或投票,或没有人去参与竞选,这导致了他们的声音极少被听到,在下议院中的代表人数极少。为此,我们呼吁在英华人应该积极参与登记投票,在今年6月8日的大选中投出自己珍贵的一票,我们想阐述以下原因:

身处英国这样一个民主国家,我们需要通过投票选出自己的代表,并由他们代表我们制定法律制度、做出重大决策。决策内容涉及经济、教育、安全、国际关系、移民和医疗等诸多方面,与我们每个人的日常生活息息相关。因此在英华人理应发出自己的声音。
与华人相处久之,你会发现他们有着许多优良品质,他们通常照顾好自己的家庭,不惹麻烦,不太愿意在公开场合表达自己的观点。在英国这样一个多种族融合的国家里,华人群体大都受过良好的教育,他们注重创业,积极进取,健康向上,自力更生。
中国人天性讲求独善其身,有时会被认为他们没有兼济天下的情怀,这是一种误解。华裔群体参与当地社区事务,进行选举登记并参与投票,不仅能让华裔们表达自己身为炎黄子孙的自豪感,而且能够帮助他们感受到所在居住国的融入感。
另一个原因,参与登记和投票可以保证华人的声音在许多公开辩论中被听到,华人的需求不再被忽略。当地议员无论属哪一政党,一旦当选,都想要为当地选民服务。但囿于人的天性,政治家们喜欢倾听那些敢于在选举中发声的个人和群体的意见。
近年来,华人在英国的地位提升,受到主流关注,华人扮演着越来越重要的角色。英国政府呼吁打造“中英关系黄金时代”。目前,中国留学生是英国最大的海外留学生群体。中国赴英游客日益增多,中国的商业投资也蜂拥而至。特拉法加广场的春节庆祝活动现在是亚洲以外最大的中国春节庆祝活动。在英华人对英国满怀敬意和感激,而注册登记投票正是表现对这个国家关心的最佳方式。

登记投票只需五分钟即可完成,登陆网站 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote,登记完成后,如果你喜欢更为方便的方法,可以选择以邮寄选票方式投票。另外,投票登记是公开的,你会出现在选民登记册上,但是你的投票方式和内容,绝对无人知晓。

大选投票登记的截止日期为2017年5月22日,我们迫切期望听到您的声音。

贝茨勋爵夫妇,2017年4月28日

今年的英国大选在6月8号举行,以下是大选的基本信息以及注册投票的方法:

注册投票的过程只需

 

五分钟

在以下网站上登记投票即可

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

本次大选投票登记在5月22日截止,千万不要错失华人发声的机会。

英文原文如下

British Chinese make up around 1% of the UK population. That is enough to populate over six parliamentary constituencies and elect six MPs. Yet in 2017 as in previous election the British Chinese voice will be heard less and be less represented in the House of Commons. This is because many British Chinese do not register to vote in elections or stand. We want to set out a number of reasons why we believe British Chinese should register and cast their vote for the General Election on June 8:

We are all privileged to live in a democracy which means that voting is the method by which we can decide who will make the laws and make international decisions on our behalf. Decisions such as those about the economy, education, security, international relations, immigration and health. These are important matters which impact our daily lives as a community and as a country and the British Chinese voice should be heard.

Spending a great deal of time with the British Chinese community we know that sometimes there is a reluctance to speak up and a preference to be self-contained. This is an admirable quality. The British Chinese community are amongst the most enterprising, best educated, most healthy and most self-reliant of any of the wonderful mix of ethnic communities that call Britain their home.

We understand this instinct for self-reliance but sometimes this can be wrongly interpreted as not being interested. We know that is far from the truth as so many British Chinese play a positive role in our communities but registering to vote and voting we believe is a way of demonstrating that we are both proud of our Chinese roots but engaged in our British home.

There is another reason for registering to vote and voting and that is to make sure our voice is heard in public debate and the specific needs of our community are not overlooked. Most politicians of whatever political party are elected because they want to serve their community, but it is in human nature that they may be more inclined to listen more to those individuals and communities who will have a say in their re-election and who make their voices heard.

In recent years the profile of the Chinese in Britain is growing and people are taking notice. The UK government have called for a ‘Golden Era in UK-China Relations’. Chinese students are by far the largest community of overseas students attending British universities. Chinese tourists are arriving in growing numbers as are business investors. The Chinese New Year Celebrations in Trafalgar Square are now the largest outside of Asia. There is tremendous goodwill and appreciation of the British Chinese community and a good way to demonstrate that we care about where we live is to register to vote.

The process of registering to vote takes just five minutes and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Once registered you can choose to vote by post if that is easier. Remember that registering to vote is public, you will appear on the Electoral Register, but how you vote in any election is something that no-one should know unless you choose to tell them.

You have until May 22nd to ensure that at this election the British Chinese community is not just seen but heard.