Youth Participation

The national census showed that there are 33 million eligible voters, with more than 15 million in the 18-to-35 age range. Myanmar’s youth became more involved in civil society groups and NGOs after Cyclone Nargis in 2008. These groups are seen to have grown steadily stronger and more political since 2010 election. However, due to a long period of military rule, young people are still perceived to have low level of understanding of democracy. Almost 60 percent of young people do not understand their rights, according to YMCA Myanmar.

According to a report from Ethnic Youths Network Group on monitoring the participation of the youth in the 2015 Elections, 364 youth candidates competed for the seats for all parliament house in ethnic states and 13% won in Pyithu Hluttaw, 9% won in Amyotha Hluttaw and 16% won in region/ state Hluttaw.

During 2015 election, USDP claimed that around 2 million party members are aged between 18-35. They are assigned to work as campaign managers, bringing message of the party leaders to the people and come up with practical solution. As well as NLD, of which young members are extremely involved and engaged in party activities.


Youth’s Participation: Election Observation Report, mitv News, Jan 1, 2016,

Young people learn their rights as voters before Myanmar elections, Y Care International, Nov 2, 2015,

Aung Kyaw Min, Youth activists urge election participation, Myanmar Times, Aug 18, 2015,


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