International IDEA policy paper on youth participation in electoral processes in Africa

NORDEM's seconded election expert to International IDEAs Africa programme, Mette Bakken, has written a new International IDEA Policy Paper on how to increase youth participation in electoral processes -new roles for African electoral management bodies.

"The youth generation in Africa is booming, with one-third of the population aged between 15 and 35. At the same time, youth tend to be disengaged from the democratic process. Young people vote less frequently, stand as candidates less often and remain underrepresented in electoral managerial functions. "Electoral management bodies (EMBs) in Africa play a critical role in promoting youth participation in electoral processes and should develop creative strategies for youth inclusion and engagement."

The policy paper was launched at a roundtable on elections and youth organized by International IDEA in collaboration with the Electoral Commission Forum of the SADC countries taking in South Africa last week.

"The roundtable aimed to explore entry points for EMBs (election management bodies) engagement to increase youth participation and facilitate exchange on how EMBs can work to promote youth participation throughout the electoral cycle", Bakken writes in a feature article published on the webpage of International IDEA.

Published Nov. 15, 2016 11:09 AM - Last modified Nov. 18, 2016 3:15 PM