RAMALLAH, September 30, 2013 (WAFA) – For the first time in Palestine, youths will be given a unique opportunity on Monday and Tuesday to elect their young representatives for the Palestinian Youth Legislative Council (PYLC).
Polls for PYLC opened Monday for an estimated 45,000 young people from East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip to elect their representatives to the PYLC, according to a press release by Sharek Youth Forum, organizers of the event.
Voting will be done through the electronic voting system to allow the youth to participate in this unique experience, said Sharek.
A unique verification code was sent to each individual who registered on the electronic voting system. This code, when paired with the ID numbers of registered voters and with their password, “forms an internationally recognized electronic signature system to ensure the highest possible standards of integrity and transparency in the electronic polling system,” said the press release.
An electronic voting lounge was opened at Sharek Youth Forum’s headquarters in Ramallah at 10 a.m. on Monday and will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The results will be announced on Wednesday at 11 at Sharek.
The elections are being held using a proportional list system, said Sharek, as per the electoral system of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
It said 600 youths will compete through 29 registered party lists, each comprised of between seven and 80 candidates. The 132 seats will be divided between the lists proportionally according to the votes received.
Sharek said this experience gives youth a unique opportunity to experience the democratic life through greater involvement in public life.