Youth activists draw attention of parties to their poll agendas
KATHMANDU: Demanding that stakeholders pay a needful attention to youth issues in the context upcoming local level elections, youth activists submitted memorandums to the CPN-UML and the Bibeksheel Nepali Party on Sunday.
The YOUthVoteNepal campaign, a joint initiative of various youth organisations launched to promote youths' concerns in elections, separately met UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai and Bibeksheel Nepali Party's President Ujwal Thapa today.
The campaigners demanded that youth should be prioritised in candidacy during the upcoming polls. Likewise, they demanded a due prioritisation of youths' issues including employment and self-employment and more budget allocation in youth-focused programmes in election manifestoes of the party.
Responding to the delegation, both Bhattarai and Thapa said the youths' concerns were genuine and assured they would be addressed in election manifestoes of their respective parties.
The YOUthVoteNepal campaign was launched to carry out advocacy on youth's agendas during the upcoming local elections. As many as 13 youth-led organisations are constituents of the campaign; including Yuwalaya, Achel Natya Samuha, Glocal Khabar, Sathi Sanga Manka Kura radio programme, We for Change, Yuwa, YAV Nepal, Sirjansil Samaj Nepal, Youth Initiative, Active Youth Society, Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal and Dynamic Youth Forum.
The campaigners said they would continue lobbying with other political parties and stakeholders to raise their agendas.