As the European Parliament election campaign gears up, we get used to the same few faces cropping up on all social media platforms, as the main issues are eventually polarized by the dominance of the two major political parties. Thus it becomes ever so easy for the neutral or floating voter to become disenchanted with the election and perhaps dismiss its importance.
One particular campaign which has just been launched plans on changing this. Last Saturday 8th March a good number of youths gathered at Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta, for the launch of The League of Young Voters Malta (LYV Malta) campaign. Youths and MEP candidates had the chance to mingle, take photos and the occasional selfie, and were addressed by Andrew Micallef, National Ambassador of LYV Malta, Dr. Peter Agius, Head of the European Parliament Office in Malta, Kunsill Nazzjonali taż- Żgħażagħ (KNZ) President Isabelle Camilleri, Miriam Teuma, CEO of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and Hon. Dr. Stefan Buontempo, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport.
The League of Young Voters initiative is a pan-European one. Its aim is to reach out to young people who want to send out a message without being affiliated with a particular political party. LYV Malta hopes to be a campaign with a difference: by youths, for youths, putting into the spotlight issues that directly interest and affect young people. A good number of ambassadors representing various youth organisation are also on board to promote this campaign.
LYV Malta is collaborating with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, European Parliament Office in Malta, and Kunsill Nazzjonali taż- Żgħażagħ. More information can be found on: www.facebook.com/lyv.malta or www.youngvoters.eu/mt