The ‘Not Too Young To Run Movement’ has asked political parties to make their nomination fees for elective posts affordable.
This, the group said, will make purchase of party nomination tickets for various offices, easy for young aspirants.
A representative of the movement, Cynthia Mbamalu, made the demands while addressing journalists at a press conference on the “national day of action on youth candidacy and democratic party primaries”.
She said based on the timetable issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), party primaries are expected to commence from August 18 and to this end, the movement will be engaging political parties to make requests of them.
Top of their request is that political parties prescribe and enforce spending limits for party nomination fees and charges.
The group also wants the cost for nomination fees of candidates not to exceed the following:
· House of Assembly Aspirant – N200,000
· House of Representatives Aspirant – N400,000
· Senatorial Aspirant – N600,000
· Governorship Aspirant – N1,000,000
· Presidential Aspirant – N2,000,000
It also demanded that political parties reserve party tickets for young men and women with “character, capacity and competence”
The group promised to monitor “how money will exchange hands (during electioneering) and also keep the media involved”.
It also said it is willing to convene young people and get them to vote out each party that fails to accede to its demands.
Member of the movement and founder of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, stated that the group remains resolute in its belief that increased representation of young persons including those with disability, in political office, will enhance the quality of democracy and governance in Nigeria.
He announced that the movement has declared August 8 as the National Day of Action on Youth Candidacy and Democratic Party Primaries.
He said the group will march to political parties (offices) across the nation as they prepare to hold primary elections to select candidates for the 2019 general elections.
He said the march will involve members from top political parties.
“We believe that election remains a mechanism for asserting our sovereignty as a people and we commit to mobilising 50 million registered young men and women to collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and vote in the 2019 elections.
“We will also mobilise registered young voters to vote for parties that accede to our demands and uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in the candidate selection process.
“As a movement of citizens committed to democratic development we recognise the value of political legitimacy in representative democracy, we commit to mobilising citizens against all forms of voter inducement, electoral corruption and electoral violence,” he said.