LAHORE - The Youth Commission for Human Rights – Centre for Research & Training in collaboration with The Asia Foundation (TAF) conducted a motivational and educational campaign titled “Vote First” in Lahore.

The goal of this campaign was to increase participation of voters, especially youth and women, in the upcoming elections being held on July 25, 2018.

For this purpose, YCHR-CRT conducted three workshops on July 11, 12 and 16 in various marginalised areas of Lahore. Participants of the workshop were provided with the necessary training, knowledge and mock ballots for better understanding the voting procedure.

The workshops especially focused on first time voters.

The Asia Foundation provided relevant brochures printed in Urdu that identified polling stations in the respective location and provided step by step infographic on how to cast a vote.

The workshops were attended by fresh voters including youth and women. In each workshop, the participants engaged in an interactive dialogue with workshop facilitators. They also practically went through a mock voting process. The aim of mock voting was to ensure that all participants be confident in their ability to successfully exercise their right to vote.

The workshops covered participation from the geographical areas of Nain Sukh, Dhair Akbar Abad, Shibli Town, Yousaf Nagar, Model Town Q Block, Awami Colony, Youhanabad, Chiragh Park, Masiha Colony, (Data Nagar, Badami Bagh), Auqaf Colony and Garhi Shahu.

In three workshops held at Band Road, Begum Kot and Youhanabad there were total participants were 300 out of which 173 were male and 127 were female.