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The youth leadership challenge

The three remaining contestants of YLC made history by organising the first direct election in Cambodia in over 50 years where voters chose from a list of individuals as opposed to a list of political parties when they marked their ballots. Three youth in a commune in Battambang province were running in a local election for the newly created position of “youth representative to the commune council” and each of the three remaining YLC contestants was randomly assigned to serve as the campaign manager for the local candidates.

The candidates and YLC contestants had to register voters and try their best to win supporters. The winning candidate received 194 votes (out of 450 votes cast) and won the opportunity to represent the young people of their community before the commune council. The YLC contestant whose candidate received the lowest number of votes was sent home. The two remaining YLC contestants were rewarded with full scholarships to continue their studies at Pannasastra University of Cambodia (the scholarships require that the contestants maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher).

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