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Youths urged to engage in politics

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE NGO Coalition on Human Rights has called on all young people to participate fully in the upcoming general election.

Coalition chair Shamima Ali said young people could participate as voters, volunteers, campaigners, candidates and citizens.

Ms Ali's call follows the recent reinstatement of second year university student Tamanirarama Jone's scholarship over the weekend.

"We welcome the announcement by the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board who revisited its earlier decision and reinstated Tamanirarama's scholarship," she said.

"While his scholarship should not have been revoked in the first place, it is commendable that the TSLB responded to this mistake and reinstated the scholarship."

Ms Ali said the coalition was concerned the scholarship incident would hinder other young people from participating fully in the lead-up to the election.

"Tamanirarama's reinstatement should be a story of hope for young people; that they can participate in the lead-up to the elections and voice their political opinions, without fear of unjust punishment," Ms Ali said.

"We call on all young people, especially first time voters, to participate in the elections as citizens, to voice their opinions, join the political party or campaign of their choice, and make their issues heard — it is not just their democratic right, but also their responsibility."

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