Allow Under-40s To Contest Presidency – Kotei Dzani

The youngest member of the Council of State Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani is advocating for a reduction in the age for people eyeing the presidency of Ghana.

According to the president of Groupe Ideal, it is about time Ghana follows the example of Canada, France, New Zealand and allow people younger than age 40 to run for the highest office of the land as President.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Young Parliamentarians Forum at the Speaker’s Lounge, Parliament House,  Dr Dzani challenged the young Parliamentarians present to begin the debate as to whether 40 is the right age to run for Presidency in Ghana.

“We need to spark up the debate on the appropriate age for Presidency in this country. As young parliamentarians, the ball is in your court. It is up to you to bring it before the House, start a conversation,” he said.

Dr Dzani expressed concern that Ghana; the gateway to Africa, in the 21st century, with all the technology and exposure has still not been able to take a step which “our counterparts in Europe began in the 18th Century”.

“In 1783, William Pitt The Younger became the British Prime Minister at the age of 24, why not us? Think about it and do something about it,” he advised the young Parliamentarians

Citing examples of young leaders around the world, Dr Dzani  said “Indeed, the World over, young people are leading the way. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 37 years of age. President Macron became President of France at age 39. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern was elected at 37 years of age in 2017.”

Dr. Dzani explained that it is possible for young people to take their place at the decision making table because he and many others around the world have been able to do it. Being elected to serve on the Council of State at the age of 37, makes him the youngest person to serve in this capacity in Ghana.


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