Politicians too young, says elderly organisation
By The Holland Times Mon. 13 August 2012
The Protestant Christian Elderly League (Protestants Christelijke Ouderen Bond, PCOB) has released a statement speaking out against the age makeup of politicians going into the coming month's general elections.
"Of the 478 candidates on the lists we have seen, less than a quarter are 50 years or older. The number of candidates aged 65 or older can even be counted on two hands," says PCOB director Els Hekstra.
The PCOB is of the view that the parties participating in the upcoming elections should mirror the society they claim to represent. "That also means that a proportional number of elderly people must be included on the lists. In the Netherlands approximately 35 percent of people are 50 years or older," continues Hekstra.
The PCOB is an association with 100,000 members, based in Zwolle. The organisation seeks to promote the interests of elderly residents of the Netherlands and promotes Christian social thinking.
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