Youth Engagement in New Zealand’s Political System | Assignment
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Running head: CASE STUDY ON LOW YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN NEW ZEALAND’SPOLITICAL SYSTEMCase Study on low youth engagement in New Zealand’s Political SystemName of Student:Name of University:Author’s Note:
1CASE STUDY ON LOW YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN NEW ZEALAND’S POLITICALSYSTEMEvery nation and its citizens have the power to choose their leaders and democraciesaround the world underlie this particular principle itself. These policies aim at addressing thevoters’ needs and so if there is any gap in the turnout of the voters from any particular age group,it is bound to imply that the practices have very little or no positive impact on the people forwhom the changes are considered. This issue is faced in case of New Zealand, where the numberof voters in the low age groups is very less in percentage. Despite the fact that turnout of thevoters was more or less high in the previous elections of New Zealand, the fact of concern is thatthe turnout of the youth, that is of the people aged between 18 to 24years was extremely lowcompared to the turnout of all other age groups. The youth of the country are lagging even interms of numbers enrolled to vote as well as the number that actually turns up on the day ofvoting.This is a significant issue as the youth are the future of tomorrow and the probableleaders as well the drivers of the world. The matters relating to the low turn up of the youth inthe elections is definitely significant and worth considering. In case these matters are notaddressed with sufficient time in hand, there is the possibility of disenfranchisement which canlead to the debilitation of the country in the long run. It has been recognised as a significant issueby many and dedicated research is to be undertaken by many in order to understand the keyreasons behind this issue. Based on existing information as well as the previous number ofresearches conducted, it has been found that several steps where implemented to increase thenumber of voters and make the voting process easier, as well as accessible to all (Davis, Phyak &Bui, 2012). The inclusion of celebrities in the voting campaigns, the availability of enrolmentforms in many fast food restaurants, shopping complexes as well as liquor stores were the stepstaken to encourage all voters to participate in the upcoming elections, especially the youth.
2CASE STUDY ON LOW YOUTH ENGAGEMENT IN NEW ZEALAND’S POLITICALSYSTEMTechnology also played an important role in the reduction of the accessibility as well as theknowledge barrier as they provided a ready access to those people having an internet connection.Social networking platforms were also given huge amount of importance by the political leadersin order to garner appreciation from the youth. The initiatives which were aimed at addressingthe indifference as well as the lack of motivation were done to conduct a message among theyouth regarding the fact that the concept of voting is not only a right but also a responsibility.Despite these attempts there was no significant improvement in the percentage of youthparticipation in the poles. The issue faced by New Zealand is also faced by several democraciestoday. Issues such as the specific non-voter segments, attitudes as well as physical barriers havebeen identified as contributing to the low turnout of the voters comprising the youth in NewZealand.The dismal participation of youth in the polls of New Zealand is considered as a policyproblem as the youth is the future of any country and if the youth do not participate, the electedleaders cannot be said to be a reflection of the mindsets of the youth. There are several reasonswhich are blamed for the low participation of youth in the polls. According to the surveysconducted among the youth, they had to say that a very low level of information is availableabout the politics of the country and the lack of proper communication is also another issue.Besides this, it can be said that the lack of young leaders in the political parties also led to thelow levels of participation of the youth. It can be said regarding this that the youth are unable toidentify with the aged leaders and in order to need the proper participation of the young agegroup these existing issues need to be addressed. In connection to solving this significant issue,three important probable policy decisions are discussed (Kelsey, 2015).