KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) favours youth liberty and participation in the country’s political and democratic process, said PRS Youth Chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan.
“We should recognise the presence of our youth and allow them to be a part of the democratic process,” he told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.
“Youth aged 18 also qualify as members of parliament and state legislators.
“This will help nurture democracy in the hope our youth would be able to carry the burden of nation building instead of being relegated to mere training ground for starters.
“The fact that the recent amendment of the constitutional Bill was passed without any objection leaves us only waiting for its execution.
The Youth and Sports Assistant Minister relished the challenge of attracting young voters to support his rural-based PRS party.
“Strategically, our executing arms or enablers to achieve this stretched goal is to woo them back to their origin, being rural centric.
“There are two divides among the youths — those eager to practise their voting rights and those who are ignorant of their rights,” said Snowdan.
“The burden is on us to make youth aware of their moral commitment to be responsible voters.”
Snowdan was also of the view that the onus would be on the Election Commission to justify the correctness of their data following the automatic registration of new voters.
“Probably, the system would be migrated from the Registration Department’s static data to the electoral roll nationwide to generate the nearly 7.8 million new voters.
“Our hope is this automatic registration would be translated into a parallel voters’ turnout.
“It is equally important also for new voters to check with the EC records to ascertain their polling stations prior to the polling day itself,” said Snowdan.