AN aspiring candidate believes it is time for youths to step into politics and be a part of matters that concern them.
"We are the future of this nation," said the People's Democratic Party's Suva branch president and an aspiring candidate, Shamal Singh.
Mr Singh said 47 per cent of voters registered for the 2014 election were youths.
He said they were almost half the number of voters.
"When put into figures, this comes to some 240,000 odd voters.
"Now this is a huge number of voters and it is in our best interest that the youths be represented in Parliament by their own," he said.
He said it was interesting to read former National Federation Party parliamentarian Maan Singh's statement in this newspaper on Tuesday, calling on older politicians to give way to youths.
"Without question to former politicians and their leadership techniques, we feel it is of no use to ponder upon past issues and faults but to take responsibility for a progressive and sustainable future," Mr Singh said.
"As the PDP has maintained, there is no point for politicians and political parties to attack each other and bring about personal agenda.
"But we should move the country forward towards democracy."