Youth Participation in Democratic Election (YPDE)

1. Monks have the right to vote 

Did you know, monks residing at Sopheak Mongkol Pagoda in Sangkat O. Ambel, Serey Sophorn municipality, Banteay Mean Chey Province, have until recently been prohibited voting rights? This was due to Sangkat Chief Mr. Chhum Pich refusing to issue identification documents required for voter registration. Mr. Chhum Pich upheld the belief that 'monks do not have the right to vote; monks have to be neutral in all political affairs'. However as a result of PDP-Center advocacy training, this is no longer the case. 

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2. Youth mobilization in election processes

'Focal Youth' play an important role in Battambang Province, encouraging voter registration among their peers. Focal Youth help disseminate education and awareness of democracy and civil rights.The PDP-Center has trained 200 Focal Youth in the districts of Sang Ke, Bannan and Battambang City, increasing youth participation in local election processes. 

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3. 'Election Observer' helping promote transparent and accountable development

When Siem Reap Province resident Prin Chhort applied for the PDP-Center 'Election Observer' position, little did she know what a profound effect she would have on youth engagement towards transparent and accountable development. Supported by PDP-Center advocacy training, Prin helped mobilize youth participation in the local election, actively engaging with the community and commune council. 

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