SLNYC Urges Young Voters To Bear Their Needs, Interests In Mind

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Press Release:- The Saint Lucia National Youth Council takes this final opportunity to congratulate all candidates who have been successfully nominated to contest the Monday, July 26th National General Elections.

We specifically recognise the youth candidates and the eleven women who have created
history by registering the highest number of female candidates in our political democracy.

We also extend profound gratitude to all the participants and partners in our Youth Voter Education Campaign since its launch in September 2020.

The SLNYC has been successful in engaging youth and representative groups in discussions on developmental issues and thus we can’t understate their invaluable contributions to this major undertaking.

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In addition to the focus groups, youth dialogues allowed influencers, youth leaders and professionals to share their perspectives on areas such as Youth Mainstreaming, Youth Economic Participation, Youth Political Involvement, Women in Politics and the Political Party Manifestos.

Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our efforts to host National Candidate Debates due to the parties’ failure to commit to final terms of engagement.

The final goal of this campaign will be maintained, with the presentation of an outcome document to the incoming administration with youth’s concerns and proposals emanating from our activities.

It is our hope that this document will be accepted as a representation of what should be addressed and prioritised for the development of our youth, particularly vulnerable populations including but not limited to the LGBTQIA+ community, youth with disabilities, juvenile offenders and disadvantaged, disempowered or displaced youth.

Our document will serve as a necessary supplement to fill the evident gaps in the political parties’ manifestos.

In these final hours leading up to the culmination of the 2021 campaign and the commencement of a new governing cycle, we make a final plea to young Saint Lucians to exercise their franchise bearing in mind their needs and interests.

Our youth must be mindful of what is most important during this time, which is to register their vote for the candidate and government whose vision and policies are most beneficial to their development and that of the country over the next five years and beyond.

Recognizing that not only the future but the present belongs to us, our participation
at all levels must reflect this reality.

Finally, we encourage the wider public to practice social distancing, act safe and responsibly.

We call for Saint Lucians to unite beyond the outcome of this election to shape a Saint Lucia that is resilient in the face of the COVID-19 global crisis and threats to our democracy.

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