Children to pick representatives in Nairobi elections

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 10:10 | By
Voting silhouette. PHOTO/Print
Voting silhouette. PHOTO/Print

Nairobi County Children Assembly elections will be held today.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct the elections where the children will elect governors, deputy governors, Speaker, Clerks and Sergeant-at-Arms and 44 delegates who will be in office for a term of two years.

At least 11 sub-counties within Nairobi, among them Mathare, Makadara, Njiru, Kibera, Langata, Dagoretti, Kasarani and Embakasi have elected their representatives.

Nairobi County Coordinator Children’s Services Hoyd Isadia said the Assembly provides children with a platform to air their views and to add their input to issues that affect them.

Isadia said the opportunity had empowered children to come up with a memorandum on education which has made it easier for them to access bursaries.

“This platform is important as it enables the children to contribute their views,” said the County Coordinator.

He added: “The gains of the Children Assembly has brought leadership elections in schools and given children life and leadership skills.”

He said members of the Assembly who are aged 11 to 17 are selected as members of the four sub-committees which include Survival, Protection, Participation and Development, noting that voices on the issues raised in the committees are presented to the National Assembly to inform policy.

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