Egypt's youth are an essential component of the 2020 parliamentary elections as candidates are put forward by the political parties’ Youth Coordination Committee (YCC).
The committee, a political institution that includes representatives of all political parties, proposes candidates both through the National United Coalition and individual seats, YCC spokesperson Mosab Amin told Al-Ahram Weekly.
Since its establishment two years ago, the YCC aims to grow political life and work with youth to put an end to the state of polarisation and find common ground. YCC includes members of 25 parties.
The founding of YCC coincided with the government’s increasing attention towards the youth.
The YCC had a go at the Senate elections as well when the National United Coalition included five young people from the YCC representing various parties.
In addition, seven members were among the 100 senators appointed by the president. So 12 youths are now part of the Senate.
In the 2020 parliamentary elections 28 youths are running as part of the electoral list and six are running individually.
According to Amin, candidates were chosen to run based on their efficacy. They have various specialisations that will be an addition to any organisation they serve.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 29 October, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly