INE prepares 2024 election and regrets the apathy of young people

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In a session in which they were defined the guidelines for debates, voting in prisons and abroad, participation of observers and technical operation of the PREPthe advisors of the National Electoral Institute raised alarm alerts regarding the disenchantment of young people with electoral democracy.

And they pointed out the paradox that even when men in political parties continue to resist parity and recognize gender political violence, Women go to the polls more than men.

By approving, among other processes and agreements, the Program to promote citizen participation for the 2023-2024 electoral process, It was recognized that there is a low attendance of young people and from the men to the boxes.

“To achieve an identity of youth with the various political projects, I believe that the different political offers have to make a greater effort for this to happen”warned counselor Martín Faz.

The councilors referred to the credibility crisis of the political parties, to the lack of interest of new generations in democracy and the critical position they have on it.

The program to alert the presence at the polls will be launched next year and is based on a diagnosis that reveals that there is greater participation of citizens who live in rural sections than in urban ones.

For more than three hours, the members of the General Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE), as well as the representatives of the 7 political parties and their legislative liaisons, discussed various agreements to specify the conditions under which public debates between candidates for Congress will be held; voting in prisons for people without a sentence and that of residents abroad under the electronic modality over the internet and the electronic modality in person.

The guidelines for the accreditation of electoral observers and those who will provide technical support to the electoral observers were also endorsed. Preliminary Election Results Program the night of the day of next June 2.

There is a lack of interested voters

“It is a real fact: from 19 to 29 years old the level of participation does drop a lot. However, this does not prejudge the motivations that young people have and much less does it give us the opportunity to classify them as apathetic.”explained counselor José Martín Fernando Faz.

Particularly the young people between 19 and 20 years old vote below the general average in all elections, regardless of any other variable.

He highlighted that Young people between 18 and 29 years old have high participation as polling station officialsrepresenting 47.9 of the civil service in the 2021 elections.

“When they are given spaces, youth respond and we are witnesses of it; “It is significant and indicates that young people are not apathetic.”explained Counselor Faz, who presented the program.

He said that the same thing happens with electoral observation and with emergency response due to natural disasters.

He considered that this contrast of facts shows that, in political offers, youth find little identity.

The diagnosis that supports the citizen promotion program contains “the finding that men vote at a lower rate than women in all electoral processes.”

“There is a significant sector of the population that claims not to have heard what democracy is and distrust persists in the secrecy of voting, among a significant proportion of citizens.”Faz explained.

In response to that reality, The INE citizen promotion program will carry out specific actions on digital platforms and social networks for 18 weeks, starting next February.

There will be two information forums that will be implemented in person, virtual and hybrid mode; Debates will be held that will provide space for youth representations of political parties to present the platforms of their political organizations.

Inclusion forums, information spaces and interactive activities are also planned for citizens of various ages, genders and contexts, Faz detailed.

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