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2019: Youths Demand Tickets From Political Parties

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Youths on the platform of the NotTooYoungToRun (NTYTR) Movement, have said that they are engaging political parties to reserve party tickets for young men and women with character to run for offices in the forthcoming 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.

They have demanded that the South-West with a total number of 176 state constituencies should reserve 53 tickets, for youths; South-East with 129 should reserve 39 for youths; 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 state constituencies 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 youths; 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 should reserve 15; North Central with 49 should reserve 15. They noted that out of a total of 360 federal constituencies, 109 should be reserved for the youths.

The youths further demanded that political parties should enforce spending limits for party nomination fees and charges, stating that the cost for nomination of candidates should not exceed House of Assembly aspirants N200,000; House of Representatives aspirants N400,000; Senatorial N600,000; Governorship aspirants N1million; and Presidential aspirants N2million.

They further urged political parties to adopt open, transparent and direct party primaries in the candidates’ selection process for the 2019 elections.

They said, “As part of our strategy, the movement has declared August 8 as the National Day of Action on youth candidacy and democratic parties”.

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 them.

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