Gyampo, an Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Ghana, on
Thursday advocated for the involvement of youthful individuals actively in partisan
politics, urging the youth to contest for Parliamentary seats.
He encouraged the youth to seize the
opportunity and contest for political positions in particular as the key
political functions were being keeping Parliamentary Primaries to elect their
Parliamentary candidates for Elections 2020.
“We ought to do the job collectively to enable improve the
number of young men and women in the following Parliament as very well as management in the
governance of the place,” Prof. Gyampo stated at the launch of the Youth
Bridge Basis (YBF) marketing campaign to whip-up political enthusiasm among the
The Foundation seeks to harness and develop
the potentials of the youth in Ghana and across the African continent.
Prof Gyampo, who is the Head, Youth Bridge
Research Institute (YBRI), explained politics in Ghana in the build-up to
independence and in the interval aftermath was really dominated by young people.
“The time period was essentially the politics of
the youth. Young individuals performed essential roles in institutionalizing regimes and also
collaborating as energetic customers of the federal government,” he explained.
Prof Gyampo who is also Director of the
Centre for European Experiments said with the inception of our Fourth Republic and
as constitutional and democratic governance commenced in 1992, outdated age became
an unstated qualification for substantive illustration and participation in politics
“There are several empirical as very well as
anecdotal experiences of grownup politicians insisting the youth confine their purpose
in politics to serving as foot-troopers, voting equipment and agents basically applied
to foment violent electoral conflicts and battling soiled political wars of
politicians,” he claimed.
He famous that when it came to the youth’s
substantive participation in governance, “the youth are requested to bid their time
until eventually they experienced, but have been considered matured and capable plenty of in figuring out
who need to guide them at age 18”.
He reported Africa as a continent experienced a youthful
inhabitants, indicating close to two billion people in Africa had been aged involving 18
and 35 many years “yet the varieties of folks who lead the continent have been incredibly outdated and
continue on to plague the continent with the anti-developmental ills of
He reported elders played no frontal part in
standard governance mainly because they did not have the strength and strength to do
so. But they had the knowledge and expertise to provide well timed suggestions to chiefs.
“In our current constitutional and
democratic dispensation, the elders who have no strength and strength choose to
enjoy a frontal part in politics and want the youthful folks who have no
practical experience to relatively stay behind the scenes and quite possibly offer counsel,” he
He explained at the instant, only five for each cent of
the latest customers of parliament have been young people in between the ages of 21 to
35 a long time, and was “fatal for our democracy for this large segment of the
populace to be severely underrepresented”.
Prof. Gyampo also indicated that political
get-togethers also had the major job to participate in in obtaining young men and women elected to
He known as on Political Get-togethers to motivate
youthful individuals to contest the upcoming Parliamentary Primaries by removing all
visible and invisible road blocks that could frustrate the youth.
The functions will have to also set in place
mentorship interventions that allowed working experience get together leaders and previous
parliamentarians to mentor and establish the self-confidence of the youthful parliamentary
“Political Functions have to be certain that at the very least
50 per cent candidates contesting and successful elections are young people,” Prof
He also urged youthful folks who knowledge
needless frustrations and obstacles to brace on their own to contest the upcoming
Parliamentary Elections as Unbiased Candidates.
“We strongly consider that, the part of the
youth in politics should not just be for vigilantism, as voting devices or as
foot soldiers, young persons must analyze the terrine and be bold ample to
contest, even as Unbiased candidates,” he explained.
He claimed the Foundation was all set to present
technological and other assistance to younger parliamentary aspirants’ including
instruction, city corridor conference, and other platforms to allow them participate
actively in elections.
“We will do all these to help the youth
obtain parity in our governance and political landscape and because of our
perception and conviction that the enhancement of a country rests on its youth and
that, nations that provide the relationship with their younger populace are
condemned to bleed till dying.”
He stressed that their calls for youth
participation had been not intended to slight any politician who has aged but to inquire
for training house and a extensively nurtured inter-generational methods that
permit us as a culture, to productively go on the mantle of leadership to a
well-groomed and ready youth.