Parliament invites youth for competition to develop public participation app


Parliament invites youth for competition to develop public participation app
MPs in the National Assembly during a vote on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2018. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Kenya Young Parliamentarian Association is inviting the youth and ICT hubs across the country for a competition to develop an mobile application for Public Participation.

This comes amid concerns that a majority of the youth in the country do not take part in public participation forums on legislation due to the nature of these meetings which mostly require physical attendance.

“Young IT developers between the age of 18 and 35 years in different parts of the country are encouraged to register in a competition to develop an Application for Public Participation that will engage members of public and enable them to air their views in all parliamentary activities as provided for by Article 118 of the Constitution,” reads the notice issued by Nominated MP Gideon Keter, who is also the association’s Organizing Secretary.

The initiative is expected to promote open governance, inclusivity and transparency in parliamentary activities as well offer a solution for millions of internet users in the country.

Registration for this competition was opened on March 25 and will continue until May 15, 2019. Thereafter, an information session will be held in parliament to equip the participants with the required knowledge on public participation.

The winner of this competition will be awarded and get a chance to implement the project. To register, visit http://youthdev.co.ke

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