Call for rule change so young people can get involved in politics

Ahmad Alhendawi. Photo: Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (OSGEY)

Young people are interested in democracy but don't get involved enough because of rules preventing their participation, and that needs to change, the UN Special Envoy for Youth said on Tuesday.

Launching the Not Too Young To Run Campaign, UN Envoy for Youth Ahmad Alhendawi said that in Nigeria, the voting age is 18, but people cannot stand for office until they are 30.

That's a practice that's reflected widely around the world, Mr Alhendawi told Daniel Johnson, at the campaign launch at the UN in Geneva.

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