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CSOs want ‘Not too young to run bill’ passed in state assemblies


A coalition of 54 Non Governmental Organizations, under the umbrella, ‘Not too Young to Run Movement’, has urged all the state houses of assemblies that are yet to pass the bill before them, to do so.

This they said is in order to enable it accommodated in the constitutional amendment process.According to them, if younger ones are given the leeway to seek elective positions in the country, they will inject fresh ideas.The body also faulted the Taraba House of Assembly for its decision not to endorse the bill when it was before it.

Meanwhile, the movement has commended the 21 Houses of Assembly for approving the bill as at few weeks ago.Speaking with The Guardian on Friday in Owerri, the Imo State Coordinator of the movement, Prince Chimezie Okoro, also commended the youths, which he said constituted 52 per cent of those registered in the ongoing Continue Voter Registration CVR.

He regretted that the number falls short of the expected number. He said the movement would continue in mobilization, to ensure more youths showed support and interest in registering and obtaining their Permanent Voters’ Card.

Accompanied by the national deputy secretary of the body, Lucy Obasi, he said:“By this singular act, the 21 Youth friendly states have made history and written their names in gold. The passage of ‘Not Too Young to Run’ is a demonstration of their commitment to the tenets of representative democracy.

“We commend them for fulfilling their promise to their constituents and the Nigerian youths. Nigerian youths would always remember them for showing leadership in promoting youth inclusion in democratic politics in Nigeria. Posterity will be fair to them.’’

The movement however, urged the Imo State House of Assembly to pass the bill.‘’We demand that Imo State House of Assembly speedily pass the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill.’’

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