The Palestinian Elections as a Method for Reconciliation
The aim of this project is to raise awareness among the youth regarding the importance of carrying out the elections, which are over five years late, to perpetuate the democratic process as an approach in the Palestinian political system. Young people were not of age when the elections took place and thus did not have an opportunity to choose a leader that represents their future. The importance of young people in this process is to exert pressure on both political parties and demand for an election.
The project focuses on the Palestinian public in general to raise awareness of the need to hold the elections as a method to end the division between Gaza and the West Bank. The project activities are based on the importance of youth participation in the election process and candidacy for the age group that did not reach the legal age of elections. There is a large category that was not included in the 2006 elections due to age, namely the age group that is now at the right age for participation. Most of them joined Palestinian universities to form a basic building block in determining the course of the upcoming elections.
The Center seeks to raise awareness of the youth through communication with the Palestinian universities and institutes in several governorates by holding joint meetings with university students; including open discussions to introduce Palestinian citizen’s right to political participation and the importance of conducting the elections as a first stage in principle as a natural and constitutional right for Palestinians. After coordination with Palestinian universities, it turns out that public lectures that include at least 100 students are the best and most appropriate means to involve the largest number of students. These universities are: