With the United Nations estimating that 70 percent of Guyana’s population is currently under the age of 35, young people in Guyana make up a sizable portion of the electorate and have vested interests in contributing to decision making that shapes their lives and futures. Recognizing the importance of young people as positive change agents, IFES, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is partnering with a diverse group of young people in Guyana to increase their knowledge of democratic processes and build their capacity and skills to meaningfully engage in public life.
Recognizing that young people come from varied backgrounds and experiences, IFES utilizes an intersectional approach to programming in Guyana, ensuring young people with diverse identities, such as young people with disabilities and Indigenous youth, play an active role in the program. IFES is partnering with Guyanese civil society organizations (CSOs) to develop inclusive civic and voter education, combat disinformation and misinformation and support community civic engagement with a particular focus on local governance.
This report discusses the procurement of election materials for the 1997 presidential and parliamentary elections in Guyana. The report also discusses IFES election observations from the 1997 general elections.