according to the research on social inclusion of youth conducted by the Institute for youth Development KULT in the beginning of this year in 12 local communities in BiH, Croatia and Serbia, less than 7% of youth cast their votes according to the election posters.
Public reactions for the occurrences so far regarding the local Elections of 2012 in Bih demonstrate that the campaigns, although often pointless and tacky, do attract attention. The citizens were so far exposed to grammatically incorrect slogans, pornographic content and usurping public areas, listening to loud patriotic songs, motherland sevdalinkas and unrealistic promises and have to put up with raging postering of everything, everywhere on every occasion. The effect of these motley attacks on the will of the electorate will be determined more precisely after the Elections. So far it can be acknowledged that they are often disturbing, and reflect on an occasional existing statistics. Are youth actually influenced by this?
Youth, as Well as the Older and the Old, Vote
Even though it is an accepted opinion that youth do not attend elections, the gathered data demonstrate that the percentage of their attendance in the last general Elections of 2010 was equal to the percentage of attendance of other groups. So, youth do vote, and according to the data by CIK, in 2010, they comprised almost 22% of the total electorate in BiH, almost one whole quarter, or in number: 688,459 votes.
According to the last research of KULT on social in/exclusion (the whole research will soon be available at www.mladi.org), that included both their choice during the process of voting, the posters, in the context of their influence on youth are not an efficient means for an election campaign. Less than 7% of youth vote in accordance with the election posters. Far from the youth being politically developed and that they do not fall under the influence of other types of advertising – 32% of youth use the media as their source of information when choosing, and 29% use the presented political platforms – but they simply do not believe the posters. Or they do not notice them. Some of them consult their parents or friends during their decision-making, and in smaller communities it is common for them to vote for their relatives, friends or acquaintances that are running or have ran for elections. The fact that marketing or someone else’s opinion form their decision and choice makes their vote different from the results they expected. To call a spade a spade, youth are first manipulated, then disappointed, and then disappointed. That is the origin of their incredulousness towards the politicians and politics. The research clearly indicates clearly that youth, preparing for their decision at the elections, are in no manner informed through the reports on the earlier work, financial business management and the efficiency of the institutions and representatives that are published by governmental (e.g. audit offices) and non-governmental organisations that should be the primary source of information for an objective decision on potential representatives. Also, rarely who, or almost no one of youth investigate the success of their local management through the increase or the decrease of its income, i.e. its budget. And for the chairman of a community, this should be the primary task: the increase of income and the correct directing of expenses.
?udo u In?iji (A Miracle in In?ija)
Mind you, In?ija is not in the west, but here, in our neighbourhood. In Serbia. Open for cooperation.
And who would dare to trust the posters and their owners after all this?! You can make useful things as well from paper and glue, you know. But not here. In In?ija.