Roundtable Discussion – “Youth Participation in Elections and Representation in Government – Can the Law Help?”

The Coordinating Centre for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) together with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) organized a Roundtable Discussion on “Youth Participation in Elections and Representation in Government – Can the Law Help?”. The discussion was led by Lisa Reppell (IFES, Washington DC and supported by Lasanthi Daskon-Attanayake (IFES-Sri Lanka Office). Ms. Reppell is a Research Officer at the Center for Applied Research and Learning at IFES, where she contributes to projects on electoral dispute resolution, youth electoral participation and electoral integrity. Through key probe questions, Ms. Reppell encouraged a discussion on lowering the national voting age to 16 years, the use of quotas for youth (including representation of gender and disability) and on what inhibits youth from running for government office. The discussion was held on Friday 27th October 2017 at the Department of English Language Teaching (DELT). It was attended by Lisa Reppell and Lasanthi Daskon-Attanayake (IFES), Shyamani Hettiarachchi (CCSD), Mahishi Ranaweera (DELT) and a mixed group of undergraduate students from the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Medicine.