IBNA Op-Ed/The importance of the vote of young people

IBNA Op-Ed/The importance of the vote of young people

The improvement of the standards of the electoral process requires the involvement and the contribution of everyone, especially young people. With the purity of their thoughts, with the energy and power of youth and with their engagement, they can and must become insurmountable barriers for negative phenomena which threaten the free vote!

By Lefterije Luzi

Chair of the Central Election Commission in Albania

Electoral experts from all around the world decided to make the first Thursday of February each year the “World Day of Elections”, as an important message for the strengthening of democratic processes throughout the world, where free and honest elections are the foundation of democracy.

The scope of this day is to convey messages for:

The strengthening of public trust in electoral processes;

Inform the public on the achievements and challenges that relate to different types of voting systems;

To bring to the attention of politics and world leaders the importance of their role in the promotion of democratic culture. The impact on those who vote for the first time and young voters in order to engage them for democratic processes and values.

For this second time, CEC celebrates this day dedicated to elections, by making young people its protagonists along with representatives of other social groups, with the scope of raising the awareness for the importance of elections and the free vote as an expression of the individual will.

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The ideas and thoughts of young people and their involvement in electoral processes, is a precious contribution for the holding of free and honest elections, a contribution which strengthens the democracy in the country.

The improvement of the standards of the electoral process requires the involvement and the contribution of everyone, especially young people. With the purity of their thoughts, with the energy and power of youth and with their engagement, they can and must become insurmountable barriers for negative phenomena which threaten the free vote!

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The elections are a dynamic and challenging process, not only for the institution that organizes and administers them, but also for those who run for elections and society, which is challenged to testify its electoral culture.

The prevention of phenomena that threaten the standards of the electoral process such as: indifference to voting, family voting or the influence on the will of voters, requires the engagement and cooperation of all institutional and social players.

The electoral education of the citizens is the most efficient way in fighting these phenomena and strengthening the electoral culture on today’s and tomorrow’s voters.

In this framework, I’d like to stress once again that the ideas and engagement of youth are a special contribution for what can be done best in relation to free, secret and equal vote.

*In the framework of the World Election Day, which is celebrated in many countries of the world since 2005

** The opinion of the author doesn’t necessarily represent IBNA’s editorial line