May 8, 2013

How important is Pakistan's youth vote?

We look at the power of social media in the upcoming election.

Supporters of Imran Khan cheer during a campaign rally on May 02, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)


On Wednesday, May 8 at 19:30 GMT:

The run up to the election in Pakistan has been violent and the economic mood dismal, but it’s being called the country’s first “Youth Election.” May 11th will mark the first ever transition from one elected civilian government to another, so how will the outcome be influenced by the youth turnout? In a country where social media is flourishing, will these campaigns translate to votes? 

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to: 

Farahnaz Ispahani @fispahani
Media Advisor, PPP Co-Chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari

Ahsan Butt @ahsanib
Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Awab Alvi @DrAwab
Team Leader, PTI Social Media Team

Annie Zaman @PakVotes, Faaiz Khan @FezhK, and Shahryar Khan @Shahryar92 also join us in a Google+ hangout.

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