Nigerian youths on the platform of the NotTooYoungToRun Movement have rejected automatic tickets for some candidates by political parties and the imposition of candidates on the voting population. Executive director and convener of the Movement, Samson Itodo stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja at the NotTooYoungToRun National Day of Action on Youth Candidacy and Democratic Party Primaries, which held simultaneously in 33 states of the federation and Abuja, yesterday. According to Itodo “We have demanded that parties uphold democratic and direct party primaries. We say no to automatic party tickets, no to candidate imposition, because it undermines our democracy and reduces the competitiveness of electoral politics because that is what democracy is about.
“Election is about competition and when you give people automatic tickets or impose candidates on them you compromise their choices”, he said. He added that democracy is about majority and the youths constitute the majority of voters, so it is important that the parties take this into consideration.
The convener added that other demands by the youths are that political parties should reduce the cost for running for office because leadership is about service. He said that parties need to take intentional steps to give young men and women as well as persons living with disabilities tickets.
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