Preliminary findings of a new study on youth participation and representation at European elections
According to the preliminary findings of a new study on youth participation and representation at European elections, youth absenteeism is due to failure of political parties to address young people and their needs. In European Parliament elections held in 2009, 50% of over 55 year olds made use of their vote, whereas only 29% of the 18 to 24 year olds voted. This leaves younger citizens in a marginalised position, as the majority of the Parliament is representative of the concerns of older voters.
The report, presented yesterday at th European Parliament by the [ http://www.youngvoters.eu ]League of the Young Voters and the[ http://www.idea.int ] International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA,) includes a list of concrete recommendations on how to improve the participation of young people in the elections, to be held in May 2014.
The full study will be published in December 2013.
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