Press Releases 1999
RESULTS OF THE NATIONAL ELECTION FOR THE RIGHTS OF YOUTH TO BE POSTED TODAY
(OTTAWA, November 19, 1999) Elections Canada will post the results of the National Election for the Rights of Youth on the dedicated Web site (http://www.itsyourvoice.com) at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, November 19, 1999. All results must be received from the returning officers of the participating schools before 3:00 p.m.
It's Your Voice: National Election for the Rights of Youth took place nationwide in some 2 000 primary and secondary schools where students under the age of 18 were eligible to vote for the right they feel is the most important to them, as individuals and as members of their families and their communities.
Elections Canada's key aim through the election was to promote understanding of Canada's electoral process among youth to help prepare them to vote in official elections when they reach 18 years of age. The project is an extension of its long-time youth education efforts, which in turn are part of its general public education program an important part of Elections Canada's mandate. With the publication of the results, Elections Canada has completed its participation in the project.
UNICEF Canada's key aims through the election were to heighten understanding of and commitment to children's rights among both adults and children in Canada and to offer Canadian children an opportunity to speak out about their own rights as citizens of a country which was among the first to ratify the Convention.
UNICEF Canada will hold a press conference at 4:00 p.m. at the Capital Infocentre, 90 Wellington Street, in Ottawa, to announce the election results. UNICEF Canada undertakes fundraising and educational activities to mobilize the support of Canadians to realize the rights of the world's most vulnerable citizens.
Elections Canada is the non-partisan agency responsible for the conduct of federal elections and referendums.
Contact: Pierre Blain at
For more information on rights of youth and on UNICEF:
Margaret Toljagic, Communications and Media Manager, UNICEF Canada
Tel. (416) 482-4444, or
Tim Sen, Regional Director, UNICEF OttawaCarleton
Tel. (613) 233-8842