THE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Since its establishment in 1993, the National Youth Council has been changing leadership every 5 years in line with the NYC Act cap 319 through a democratic and elective process.

The youth council structure provides a great opportunity for the youth to participate in the decision-making process at all levels.

 Eligibility to participate in the youth council elections.

The youth is not qualified for election as a leader unless that youth is;

  • a citizen of Uganda between the age of 18 – 30 years
  • has registered as a member of the youth council and
  • a youth leader may stand as an independent or sponsored by the political party

 ELECTION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The youth are represented at the national level by 11 members elected for the following leadership positions;

  1. Chairperson
  2. Vice-Chairman
  3. General Secretary
  4. Secretary for Female Youth Affairs
  5. Secretary for Finance
  6. Secretary for Legal Affairs
  7. Secretary for Labour Affairs
  8. Secretary for Students Affairs
  9. Secretary of Sports and Culture
  10. Secretary for External Affairs
  11. Secretary for Publicity

ELECTION AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The youth at the District, Sub-County, Parish and Village levels are represented by a committee of 9 elected members under the following leadership positions;

  1. Chairperson
  2. Vice-Chairman
  3. General Secretary
  4. Secretary for Finance
  5. Secretary for Female Youth Affairs
  6. Secretary for Students Affairs
  7. Secretary for Labour Affairs
  8. Secretary of Sports and Culture
  9. Secretary for Publicity

In addition, at every district, youth are represented by the two councilors one of whom is a female youth representing the youth in the district, there is also a secretary for youth affairs at every village of the local government.

ELECTION OF YOUTH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

The youth are represented in Parliament by 5 members. These are part of an arrangement of constituting parliament with special interest groups including the youth. These represent the eastern region Western region, Central region Northern region and the National Female youth members of Parliament who represent the interest of the female youth in Uganda. These are elected to parliament through an Electoral College system of election. This college is constituted by members of the National Youth Council meeting.

POLITICAL PARTIES

In line with the constitution of the Republic of Uganda, political parties are required by the act to be inclusive. As a result, most political parties have established youth leagues to enhance participation of youth in the affairs of the parties.

The NYC encourages youth to take part in the affairs of political parties of their choice as guaranteed by the constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

As a way of enhancing youth participation in governance, NYC encourages the youth to actively engage the public through Civil Society Organizations. 

NYC has been responsible for encouraging the formation of several youth organizations in Uganda in line with our Mandate. We're also required by the NYC act cap 319 to be responsible for ensuring coordination and communication between and among the youth NGOs.