DA Youth seeks answers from leadership candidates

2015-05-08 21:28
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Port Elizabeth - A group of DA Youth members have asked candidates contesting the party's leadership positions at its federal congress this weekend how they would grow the youth wing.

"We wrote a letter with a list of questions to all the candidates for all the leadership positions," a DA Youth representative in Cape Town, Alex Lansdowne, told News24 on Friday.

He said the questions were meant to challenge the potential leaders to provide official statements on how, if elected, they would make the DA Youth become a bigger force in the party's national agenda.

“If you look at the list, it ranges on questions from all levels, asking... about building a vote-winning DA Youth," he said.

Lansdowne said the youth wing could reach a wider range of people.

The letter contained a disclaimer saying: "We are ordinary DA Youth members. Collectively, we do not represent a specific leadership campaign or party structure."

The questions included:

-  How can the party provide more operational support to the DA Youth - in all provinces - to enable structures and activists to get out of the meeting room and into communities to do real political activity?

- As a leader, are you committed to finding better ways to financially support DA Youth political activity that wins votes? How could we do this? 

- How would you create an environment, in all levels of the party, to support hard-working DA Youth activists and structures?

- If elected, how do you envision DA Youth representatives constructively giving input on party and organisational decision making? How would you like to support the DA Youth?

The candidates could answer on social media using the hashtag #DAYouthChallenge, or reply via e-mail, to have the group share the responses.

"We want to afford all candidates the opportunity to show our party your ideas on how to speak to more young democrats, and win more youth votes for the DA," the letter said.

"We challenge you to go on the record."

The party's new leadership will be decided on Sunday in Port Elizabeth.

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