INFORMATION ON THE PROJECT OF AZERBAIJANI-AMERICAN YOUTH
SOCIAL ASSOCIATION ENTITLED "STIMULATE YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN ELECTION
As we know, fair elections, as the main feature of democratic society became
one of the prerequisites of the new democratic system. Many NGOs and Organizations
have paid great efforts to achieve of the new democratic system. Experience
shows that successful democratic elections are possible only by ensuring the
active participation of voters in the election process. As we know, 63% of Azerbaijan
population is the youth. From this point of view, active participation of youth
in elections plays a decisive role in the successful of the election process.
As part of the wide range of activity being undertaken to promote the principles
of Democracy and enlighten the country's young electorate, an international
NGO Azerbaijani-American Youth Social Association, has focused its work on young
people in Fizuli district and in its villages. Starting in July, the project
involves running training seminars on topics such as voter education, role and
importance of election in strengthening the democracy, principles of election
and rights of citizens, election process, opportunities of society and youth
on controlling the election process, the problem of passiveness of electors
in Azerbaijan and role of youth in this, legislative election and comments on
rules of presidential election. The program, funded by American Embassy and
run in conjunction with Internews and IFES trainers, includes lectures being
delivered by FSA alumni volunteers who teach democracy and civil rights to disadvantaged
and disabled citizens, especially youth and help facilitate the participation
of these groups in the election process. It is necessary to note that, the main
goal of running these seminars is the involvement of youth and population to
election in this region through realization of enlightening events here. Lessons
are holding Saturday and Sunday of every week. So, training is running 2 days
in every village. Realizing this project, Organization tries to stimulate citizen
participation in election process explaining them election procedures.
Besides, the project included publishing of booklets, brochures entitled "Election
and Youth" on election process. During the seminar in Fizuli district,
different materials, brochures, pens, is given to participants of the seminar.
Seminars will be till October.
After the conclusion of the training seminar will be conference on November
in Fizuli district entitled "Stimulate youth participation in election
process". The project will be till November.
For more information: Vugar Ahmadov, Azerbaijani-American Youth Association,