Posted on 26. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, News

Mr Sam Afra, Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) urged all Victorians from newly-arrived and non-English speaking backgrounds to make the most of their opportunity to participate in this weekend’s state’s electoral process.

Historically there has been a percentage of culturally diverse Victorians who have felt disinclined to take the voting process seriously because they have uninformed, unprepared or disengaged from the whole electoral system,” Mr Afra said.

“Hopefully in this weekend’s Victoria election, we’ll see people of all backgrounds and beliefs embracing their democratic right and utilising the ballot box as a means to get their voices heard. Voting in our democratic system and helping elect the government of your choice is a key way you can improve your life” said Mr Afra.

Mr Afra noted the timeliness of the Victorian election falling within 2010 Social Inclusion Week and praised the efforts of the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) for undertaking an extensive outreach campaign to bolster electoral awareness among multicultural communities.

“However, we should not forget that political participation often starts in the home,” Mr Afra added.

Mr Afra called upon parents and seniors to set a positive example by considering their voting options carefully and taking into account which parties’ policies are of most relevance and benefit to them.

Mr Afra also noted that it would be the first time that a lot of young Victorians from culturally diverse backgrounds had participated in a state election. Details of each party’s election promises for multicultural Victoria can be seen on the ECCV website at www.eccv.org.au

“I know there are a myriad of issues affecting culturally diverse Victorians across different generations.  So whatever your age, whatever your social circumstances, if you have any questions about the voting process, please contact the Victorian Electoral Commission to clear up any uncertainties.”

“By all accounts this weekend’s election is likely to be a cliffhanger result,” Mr Afra said, “which only underscores the truth in the old adage that every vote counts.”

Victorian Electoral Commission:

Phone: 131 832 (Victoria only) or 03) 9299 0520

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