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Agenda Trust launches ‘Our time is NOW’ campaign
Youth Agenda Trust
March 11, 2013
Trust has launched a campaign that aims at encouraging youth to
seize the moment of the elections, beginning with the constitutional
referendum that is set for Saturday 16 March 2013 by overwhelmingly
casting their ballot. YAT will encourage them to vote for the adoption
of the draft
dubbed “Our time is NOW”, will reach out to youth from
most corners of the country who will participate in the run-up to
the referendum and ultimately general elections expected later this
year. The YAT district leadership will popularize the campaign in
their respective areas by reminding them of their obligation to
choose a constitution and a leadership of their choice will coordinate
will begin this week on the mobile (through the bulk sms system)
and social networking platforms but will also make use of current
YAT programmes and will also feed into the activities of other youth
organizations across the country.
Our time is
NOW, is a campaign whose conception is motivated by the lack of
information by the youth about their electoral rights which is worrying
given that the constitutional referendum is on 5days away. There
is a general belief among the youth that the information blackout
on the referendum is deliberate and designed to stifle the participation
of the youth in the process.
gathered by YAT reveals that the youth have not received copies
of the draft constitution including youth organizations and the
voting procedures have not been communicated well to youth, both
in urban and marginalised communities.
information blackout has continued to worry the youth who feel that
this year they may be able to play a part in deciding their future
and pluck themselves out of the abyss of poverty, unemployment,
HIV and AIDS among other ills.
The youth also
see this year’s elections as a platform to elect an accountable
government that will be able to respect the sanctity of human life,
respect human rights and democracy and promote good governance.
Most youth are out of school or college because they cannot afford
it, hence they expected the coming government to be able to provide
them with decent education, and employment opportunities and must
also be able to attract foreign direct investment into the country’s
Our time is
now campaign is a timely reminder for the youth to take the initiative
and prove critics wrong who always say they do not want to participate
in the electoral processes.
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Agenda Trust fact
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