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Youth seek voices in government

At a dialogue yesterday with parliament members, youth representatives called for more electoral transparency and for participatory roles in government.

“The dissemination of information is not broad enough,” master’s student Sotherary Chun, 26, told the lawmakers and her fellow youth yesterday, explaining rural residents, migrants and marginalised communities are often excluded from political discourse.

“Even though I am a woman, I think I can participate in politics because it is my right, my duty,” she said, adding she aspires to be a politician.

Wenny Kusuma, country director for UN Women, which organised the event, said young adults are eager to enter politics but have been excluded from the conversation.

“They don’t even know – because it is not public knowledge – how someone accesses party support . . . [or the process of] advancing within that political party.”

HE Chiv Cata, member of the commission for youth and public health, said youth had been discouraged from politics by ‘‘misleading voices’’. “This is wrong.”



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