Mervyn vies for CYC chairperson role
15 May, 2021, 6:30 am
Broderick Mervyn says young Pacific leaders are not getting the recognition they deserve.
The Ignite4Change founder says this was why he was pleased to be announced as one of two Fijian candidates that would be vying for the role of chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council.
“The position of chairperson to the Pacific region comes once in a generation and I intend to become the first Pacific Islander to achieve this and begin work on the ground once elected,” he said.
Mr Mervyn, an active youth and community member for the past decade was chosen from more than hundreds of nominations received from across the Commonwealth following a thorough review and would be competing for the nine executive seats on the council.
“We need to stamp our mark as the Pacific, we need to have that united front in international platforms such as the Commonwealth and as the candidate running for chairperson, I will do just that.”
He said the voting would take place online on May 22-23 and the results would be announced on May 24.
The other Fijian vying for the position of chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council is Mererai Vatege, a lawyer by profession who also works as the Senior Industrial Relations Officer for the National Union of Workers (NUW).