PESHAWAR: The Christian youth urged to participate in the advancing Elections and to use their right to vote for the effectual advancement of the country.
The role of youth in the elections was emphasized in a Panel Discussion which was organized by Centre for Human Rights Education. The discussion was aimed to stimulate the Christian youth to support Democracy by casting their votes, ensuing an analytical evaluation of the manifestos of the political parties beforehand.
The panel included, Mr. Shakil Waheed Ullah (Executive Director of CAPS Organization), Ms. Kiran Fida (Program Coordinator- Aware Girls) and Mr. Samson Salamat (Director of Centre for Human Rights Education) whereas Mr. Naeem Haroon (Program Coordinator CHRE) and Shams Naveed (Executive Director of Bridge Organization) was the facilitator of this discussion.
Mr. Shakil Wahid Ullah said that “the vote of youth will make a huge difference in the upcoming elections; however youth needs to be careful to ensure that their power is not misused by vested interest forces. Youth should support genuine political forces, which has the ability and the clear policies to deal with the serious crisis faced by the country.”
Mr. Samson Salamat expressed that “country is threatened due to growing religious extremism and violence in the name of religion and sect; therefore youth should support the candidates and the political parties which has the ability and clear policy to weed out extremism and maintain a peaceful co-existence”.
Ms. Kiran Fida, highlighted the weightiness of involvement of young girls in the elections and insisted on eradication of all bars on women’s vote casting, saying no society cannot progress without the full participation of women and girls.