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[WATCH] Students launch 'save Malta' drive to get out the youth vote

'Do not sell our democracy, for that is what you will be doing if you do not stand up and take your vote'

tim_diacono
Tim Diacono
27 May 2017, 12:14pm
The campaign urges students to 'save Malta' by voting in the election
The campaign urges students to 'save Malta' by voting in the election
 

With a week to go before the general election, four students have launched a last-ditch awareness campaign to urge their peers not to throw away their votes.

A Facebook group 'Dear Students #SaveMalta' has been set up, with a video of three students - one blindfolded, one fully masked and one with his mouth covered - walking to Castille, Parliament and the law courts with signs saying 'Sold', 'Not in my Name' and 'Stand up and be Counted'. 

One of the organisers told MaltaToday that they were not encouraging students to vote for a specific party, but rather to vote for whichever candidates they feel best represent them. 

In a statement, the students warned that throwing away a vote is tantamount to "selling democracy" and "giving up the right to be represented".

"Do not sell our democracy, for that is what you will be doing if you do not stand up and take your vote," they said. "Each and every one of our voices matter and not voting means simply that we will be giving up our right to be represented.

"Think critically, stand up, do not be afraid to be counted amongst those who fight for their country. Be active, be political, be a citizen who does not fear standing up for what they believe in. It doesn't matter if you are red, orange, green or blue. Be informed. Debate. And, most importantly, stand up for what is right."

By the time the police finished the distribution of votes, 37,000 voting documents were not delivered. Voters have until noon tomorrow to collect their voting documents from the police stations or local councils and until Thursday to collect them from the Electoral Commission's offices. MaltaToday's latest survey indicates that 9.7% of younger voters (18-34 years old) plan to throw away their vote, while 16.7% of them are undecided on which party to vote for.