Group pushes for election of 100 youthful MPs

Mr Keter said 129 young people are preparing to vie for National Assembly seats.

Saturday March 26 2016

The National Assembly in a past session. Jubilee Youth Chairman Gideon Keter on March 25, 2016 said 129 young people are preparing to vie for National Assembly seats and 13 for Senate positions. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The National Assembly in a past session. Jubilee Youth Chairman Gideon Keter on March 25, 2016 said 129 young people are preparing to vie for National Assembly seats and 13 for Senate positions. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG'AT
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Young people are pushing for the election of at least 100 youthful MPs and more than 20 senators in the next elections so that they can help in addressing their concerns adequately in both Houses.

The Youth for 100 MPs Movement said having more younger lawmakers would lead to better representation in Parliament.

The movement, spearheaded by Jubilee youth, also seeks to have at least 300 young people as MCAs across the country.

“This is a movement that seeks to ensure better representation of the youth. Various studies have indicated that our population is more youthful now. It would, therefore, be fair to have more young people in both Houses. We also want young governors,” said Jubilee Youth Chairman Gideon Keter on Friday.

The movement wants to bring together aspirants who are under the age of 35 in a bid to share ideas on how to seek political support and to campaign ahead of the coming polls.

Mr Keter said 129 young people are preparing to vie for National Assembly seats and 13 for Senate positions.

The group said it also wants the youth to run for governor seats, adding that they should emulate Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, who was elected when he was under the age of 35.
“The next polls will offer the youth the chance to take over. We cannot afford to relax. We should fight for the various positions,” said Mr Andrew Kipekee, Trans Nzoia County Jubilee youth leader and a member of the movement.

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