Campaigning for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) executive positions has officially begun.
After receiving approximately 150 applications for nine seats, the CYC has formally announced the list of successful candidates. The selection process was based on the stated qualification criteria, and all nominations were reviewed in a transparent manner.
The list of candidates, along with their biographies, photos and manifestos, can be found on the CYC elections website. Candidates have been encouraged to use social media to promote their platforms and ideas, and to interact with the wider public.
The elections will take place on 24 November 2015 during the CYC’s General Assembly, a key event of the 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in St. Paul’s Bay, Malta. Online voting will take place on 23 November 2015 for official country representatives unable to attend in person in Malta.
The CYF is organised jointly by the Government of Malta, the Commonwealth Youth Council, and the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat under the theme “Adding Global Value…#WhatNext?”
From November 21 to 25, delegates from across the Commonwealth will discuss how young people can contribute and add value to upholding the Commonwealth Charter, achieving the goals of the post-2015 development agenda, and transforming economies through sustainable development.
Ahmed Adamu, outgoing CYC Chair said: “Now is your chance to learn more about the young men and women who are vying to be the voice of the young people in the Commonwealth. I strongly encourage everyone to take an interest in these elections, as these are the youth leaders who work in partnership with governments and all stakeholders to advance youth contribution to development and democracy in the Commonwealth.”
Campaigning will end on 23 November 2015, 24 hours before the polls open at the CYC General Assembly.
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