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CSO partners Westminster Foundation to advocate youths participation in politics 

CSO partners Westminster Foundation to advocate youths participation in politics 
April 16
08:48 2021
Raising New Voices, a non-profit organisation, has partnered Westminster Foundation for Democracy, to foster youths participation in politics.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Victor Terhemba, director of communications, said the partnership will promote youths involvement in the political process.
“Raising New Voices is committed to facilitating the emergence of new voices and political leaders who understand the need for the development of Nigeria and are willing to commit to it,” he said.
“We have signed a partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world.
“WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer and more inclusive, accountable and transparent.
“In Nigeria today, youths are predominantly locked out of the decision making room of politics and over the years, the average young person has gradually lost interest in politics.
“For young people who want to get involved, it is a long journey to meaningful participation — and the information needed to make a decision on how to participate is even harder to aggregate. More importantly, the barriers to participation are huge.
“WFD and Raising New Voices have agreed to collaborate for the purpose of implementing the PolitiKIT project. This project aims to close the gaps that hinder young people from participating, foster open political party participation, and increase political participation in Nigeria.
“The PolitiKIT web portal will host an e-document, infographics and various short reports on how to get involved in all aspects of Nigeria’s democracy from understanding the concept of democracy itself to political parties and their ideologies to active participation in elections.”
Terhemba added that the collaboration will lead to active participation of young people in Nigeria’s political process.
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