Youths on the platform of the NotTooYoungToRun (NTYTR) Movement, have said, they are engaging political parties to reserve party tickets for young men and women with character to run for offices in the upcoming 2019, general elections.
This according to them is because “lack of internal party democracy as well as high cost of party nomination has undermined the emergence of young persons and People Living with Disabilities in the nation’s elections”.
The call was made by the Strategy Team Members of the Movement, including Ibrahim Faruk, Cynthia Mbamalu, Nana Nwachukwu, Hamzat Lawal, and Chioma Agwuegbo in Abuja, Yesterday
According to the speaker, in a break-down of their demands, made according to Geopolitical zones, they demanded that the South-West with a total number of 176 state constituencies should reserve 53 tickets, for youth, South-East with 129 should reserve 39 for youth, South-South with 160 should reserve 48, North-West with 216 should reserve 65, North-East with 156 should reserve 47 and North-Central with 153 should reserve 46, bringing the total to 990, with 298 reserved for the youths.
They also demanded that for the House of Representatives elections, South-West with a total of 71 federal constituencies should reserve 21 tickets for Youth, South-East with 43 should reserve 13, South-South with 55 should reserve 17, North-West with 92 should reserve 28, North-East with 48 reserve 15, North Central with 49 should reserve 15. They added that with a total of 360, 109 be reserved for youths.
The Youths further demanded that political parties prescribe and enforce spending limits for party nomination fees and charges, stating that the cost for nomination of candidates should not exceed House of Assembly aspirant N200,000, House of Representatives aspirants N400,000, Senatorial N600,000, Governorship N1m and Presidential N2m.
They further urged that political parties should adopt open, transparent and direct party primaries in the candidate’s selection process for the 2019 elections
The Team leaders said “As part of our strategy, the movement has declared August 8 as the National Day of Action on youth candidacy and democratic parties”. Adding that they will organize a march to the National and state offices of political parties as political parties prepare for party primaries to demand for the above
“The National Day of Action is scheduled, to hold simultaneously in Abuja as well as the 36 states across the country on the same date”
“We will also mobilise registered 50 million registered voters to vote for parties that acceded to our demands and uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in the candidate selection process”
The Youths assured that they will mobilise their members to vote out parties that fail to accede to their demands as well as name and shame such parties
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