Dear colleagues,Please find bellow a piece of news conveyed by our fellow counter-corruption activists from Liberia who advocate for more youth involvement in the forthcoming election monitoring. Could we , the GYAC network, think of a way to help them...To contact the core team of the campaign, please contactEddie D. JarwoloExecutive DirectorNAYMOTE Partners for Democratic DevelopmentMobile:(+231)6510479Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NAYMOTE’s CAMPAIGN: “YOUTH VOTE 2011”
The National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections-Partners for Democratic Development joined other youth activists around the world to celebrate the World Youth
Movement for Democracy Campaign (WYMD) on October 18, 2010. The program brought together over 300 students from five schools, including Soltiamon Christian School system, G.W. Gibson High School, William V.S. Tubman High School, St. Peter’s Lutheran High School and Calvary Baptist High school. The campaign was held at the Calvary Baptist High School in Monrovia, under the theme: “Youth Vote 2011 Campaign” This year’s celebration in Liberia highlighted young people’s roles in consolidating Liberia’s fragile democracy and raised awareness of the need for young people to form a common front in defining issues and shaping political outcomes in the
face of the coming 2011 presidential and legislative elections
through votes. The celebration also saw the launched of the organization’s Civic Voters Education campaign, where Information Education Communication (IEC) materials were distributed to participants.
A brief history of the World Youth Movement for Democracy was read by Student Stephen K. Morlu a member of NAYMOTE’s School Democracy Club from the Soltiamon Christian School System; while other members of the Calvary Baptist High School dramatized a role-play about democracy, depicting the perception of Liberian citizens hold about democracy and how they can better understand the concept and values.
The keynote addressed on the topic: “2011 Elections, a time to make our voices count through our votes” was delivered by the President of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), Mr. Augustus Zayzay, who reminded youth of their strength through their numbers to determine the leadership of the country by effectively registering and consciously voting in the 2011 elections. He added that young people make up about 66% of Liberia population and stressed the need for youths to take the elections seriously. Mr. Zazyay said because youth constitutes a
lion share of the population, they have the ability to decide the leadership of the country by the qualities of leaders they elect. He encouraged young people to use the power of their votes to get political leaders and institutions to prioritize youth concerns, such as the national youth policy, the African Youth charter and adopt actions to address youth empowerment.
In closing, Mr. Zayzay also called on young people to focus mostly on the Legislative election, because they are responsible to enact laws for development of the country. World Youth Movement for Democracy Campaign 2010 He noted that because much attention has not been placed on the competence of those elected to the legislature, key issues beneficial to youths have gone unattended.
The program was graced by key stakeholders in the Liberian Electoral Process, including the Chairman of National Election Commission, Hon. James Fromoyan, the Liberia’s Country Director of Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA), Mr. Joe Pemagbi, representatives from the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI); all of whom made special remarks during the program.