Mar 03, 2017

Incumbent parliament is an elders’ home? Featured

A mere 14 of the 225-member parliament are below 35 years of age, and only two of them are aged below 29 years, says election commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya.

Speaking at a meeting with web journalists, he said the Sri Lankan election law considered below 35 year-olds as being the youth representation, whereas 29 years is the internationally accepted age.

He also said Sri Lanka’s highest-in-South Asia turnover rate of 80 per cent at elections has now come down to 60 pc.

Deshapriya attributed this to a lack of interest among youths in politics and in exercising their voting rights.

He believed a meaningful use of social media, which is frequented by today’s youths, could help educate them on democracy, voting rights and the constitution, at least on its most important parts.

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