Enticing young voters main challenge
By:Alwin Lawrence
Date:
KCH-youthpolitics-3-1508-naz (1) -- Royston Valentine--

KUCHING: The main challenge faced during this 15th general election (GE15) is ways to attract young voters to the polls and vote a party worthy of forming the new government.

Tellian assemblyman Royston Valentine said that even though it would  be the first time that these young people are involved as voters, the parties that contest should campaign and compete with discipline and political maturity.

He stressed that the negative elements that have a bad effect on the young generation that may be practiced in the GE15 later should not be emulated because it gives a bad image of the country’s political development in the eyes of the young generation.

“The political parties that will compete later should adopt a mature way of doing politics.

“Don’t influence our young people with things or issues that are not good, including using or attacking other candidates using personal issues (of candidates), using bad words or ways that will clearly affect the vote,” he said.

As a representative of the young people, he sees the evolution of one’s own personality which needs to be prioritised.

“If we want to see a developed country in the future, we should focus on the young people at this point. If we mould them by using the wrong way and method or inappropriate method, which leans more towards negative elements, it will lead to bad things in the future.

“So during the period of campaigning later, campaign wisely and campaign maturely.

“Give confidence to our voters, convince them that the party that will lead in the future will be the GPS party in ​​Sarawak.

“We believe that the GPS party is the only party that understands Sarawak’s heart beat and strives to restore our rights that have been eroded so far.

“At the same time this deciding factor is now actually in the hands of the voters, especially the young people,” he said.

Recalling the last state election, Royston admitted that young people, aged 21, were among the groups that had less voter turnout in Mukah compared to adults while the rainy weather was also a factor.

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