Even though Youth make the largest chunk of Pakistan’s population and registered voters in 18 to 29 years cohort form the largest of all age cohorts, Youth voter turnout remains abysmally low in Pakistan. PILDAT, which has consistently invested in building youth’s leadership potential and understanding of the democratic process through 16 Youth Parliaments Pakistan, strongly believes that in order to strengthen Pakistan’s electoral process and to make it more inclusive, it is imperative that every state and political entity plays an effective role to increase Youth participation in elections.
As a platform invested in leadership development and democratic participation of youth, Youth Parliament Pakistan is focusing on the key issue of youth voting to be able to contribute to maximise youth’s participation in the elections in Pakistan. Youth Parliament Pakistan believes all actors including political parties, ECP, national and provincial governments, and media must join hands to accelerate youth’s meaningful engagement in the electoral and democratic process in Pakistan.
The YPP Online Symposium is open to anyone interested in learning about Why Young People Don’t Vote? The Online Symposium is especially useful for Pakistanis, Overseas Pakistanis, civil service aspirants and officials, students, foreign missions and Pakistani missions abroad, election commissions, policy makers and anyone simply interested in learning about the topic more. The online symposium is open to anyone including the following:
– Pakistanis and Overseas Pakistanis
– Students of Economics, Politics, Law, International Relations, etc.
– First Time Voters
– Young Pakistanis aspiring for Civil Service Exams
– Professionals working in the Development Sector
– Politicians and MPs
– Government Servants
– Media Professionals
– Think Tank Community
– Academics from various fields
The Online Symposium is being held virtually according to the following plan:
Day & Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time & Duration: 02:00 pm – 4:00 pm (PKT)
Mode of Conduct: Online Via Zoom
The Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) was launched by PILDAT in 2005 and so far, 16 batches consisting of about 1,000 young men and women have benefitted from this unique experience. The aim of Youth Parliament Pakistan is to strengthen Pakistani nationalism within the youth especially in these times when scepticism and self-doubt is being spread among the youth. The YPP aims to reinforce faith and confidence amongst the future political, corporate, business, legal and technological leaders of the country and give them a platform to develop and bolster their vision for Pakistan. Based on this foundation, Young people learn through the Youth Parliament on how to become active citizens and build successful careers as they are empowered to understand global, regional and local challenges of today and tomorrow and inspired to address these as next generation of leaders.
The 17th Youth Parliament Pakistan consists of young men and women of 18-29 years of age. It will serve the purpose of a truly shadow youth parliament modeled after the National Assembly of Pakistan. The YPP is in process of receiving Expression of Interests (EoI) to select 300 of the brightest young individuals belonging to 272 National Assembly constituencies, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Overseas Pakistanis. Find out more information about the upcoming Youth Parliament at youthparliament.pk/17YPP. The last date to submit your EoI for YPP is December 17, 2021.
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