Major and active political parties in Kano have converged to safer ways to ensure youth and women participation in democratic processes at all levels, organised by ActionAid Nigeria.
The parties include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Youth Progressive Party (YPP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) among others met under the aegis of the We-You pro political parties media parley in support of the hope, action and progress for women and youth inclusion in politics.
Earlier delivering his welcome address, the host, who is the Executive Director, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Yunusa Zakari Ya’u said the meeting provides an avenue and opportunity to network and discuss pressing issues and safer sustainable ways of going about all inclusivity in democratic process.
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“Democracy is tailored making informed choices combined with the dynamism, energy and experience of technocrats to pave way for younger ones to have a place in the democratic process.
“Until these categories of people; youth and women are on the table, then issues will be left under the table.”
PRP governorship candidate, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, representatives of political parties in an entourage of members of their teams have shared how their parties are working towards pushing and lifting women and youth into their activities.
Issues highlighted and discussed include the N5 billion Naira limit for election expenses by candidates under section 88(2) of the constitution, individual ineligibility to donate more than N50 million and also ineligibility of parties to have funds outside Nigeria.
Other issues digested are no party should be prevented from holding rallies, campaigns not to be held in places of worship, the prohibition of the use of abusive and provocative languages, prohibition of media from working for political parties and avoidance of violence and intimidation.