Youth Voter Campaign For Saint Lucia To Boost Election Turnout

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A youth voter education campaign to boost turnout at the next elections here is in the making.

The initiative was among matters discussed on Tuesday when representatives of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council (SLNYC) held a meeting with officials from the Electoral Department.

The SLNYC says the project aims to decrease the illegitimacy of ballots.

It disclosed that the Electoral Department recorded a total of 2,223 spoilt ballots out of the 86,525 ballots cast during the 2016 General Elections.

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“We believe that by educating youth on voting rights and the value of our approximate 101,000 youth voices, we can position the country’s youth to effectively demand opportunities and policies which will positively impact our demographic, ” a release from the SLNYC observed.

It said SLNYC representatives  and Voter and Civic Education Officer, Alymphia Lionel, discussed the coordination of the Youth Voter Education Campaign leading up to the 2020/2021 National General Elections.

According to the SLNYC, the campaign will aim to achieve an increase in the overall Voter Turnout by targeting Saint Lucia’s youth, resulting in the improvement of the 2016 National Voter Turnout figure which was 53.27%.

Additionally, the campaign will seek to record Youth Participation in the democratic processes leading to the General Elections – from registration to voting, the release from the youth organisation stated.

It observed that the Saint Lucia National Youth Council recognises the need for active youth participation in Saint Lucia’s national democratic processes.

“Our District Branches, Students’ Councils, National Youth Parliament, and zonal debates are established to harness the social and civic consciousness of youth as agents of change in the wider society,” the release noted.

“We recognize the purposes which our initiatives and structures serve, but we are cognizant that we must create relevant programming which focuses on widespread public education and provide a conduit for the expression of youth’s perspectives on national development, especially with the National General Elections on the horizon,” it said.

The 2020/2021 Youth Voter Education Campaign will seek to engage youth through a series of formal and informal activities, comprising social media competitions, mock voting centres, focus group discussions, social events, Youth Town Hall Sessions and constituency debates.

The SLNYC says it will be releasing further details on the campaign in the coming weeks.

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