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Ahead of the October’s poll, the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) in collaboration with Partners for Democratic Development has embarked on a new project for youth that is geared towards addressing issues of clean water, electricity, and sanitation in Liberia.

The campaign is also intended to enable young people access youthful candidates and scrutinize them on how their campaign platforms seek to address some of the problems facing the country.
Access to clean water is a major problem in communities across the country while sanitation and electricity also remained high. To help address this, NAYMOTE has organized the discussion to find out from the youthful candidates, what their plans or manifestos say about access to these three major issues of national concern.
Young people, ages 18 to 35 years, constitute over 55 percent of the registered voters in Liberia, but speaking on Thursday, NAYMOTE media coordinator, Trokon Thompson indicated that the dividends of their participation in decision-making in political processes are lacking.
According to him, the challenges facing young people are unprecedented from lack of basic social services to unemployment, multiple forms of inequalities and exclusion.
Thompson further stated that youth belonging to vulnerable or marginalized groups have been neglected and alienated in their own communities; something he said is contributing to the legal and illegal migration of young people for economic empowerment and increasing their involvement in illegal activities in and outside the country.
Currently, 60 percent of the continent`s population is already under 25 years of age that means by 2050, Africa will be home to 452 million people under the age of 25.
“The preliminary report from the National Elections Commission revealed that Montserrado County constitutes 36 percent of the total number of registered voters and as such, NAYMOTE wants to make sure that voters in Montserrado County have better dividends for their voters.
Today, July 13, 2017, NAYMOTE will begin the first in a series of community forums, under the theme “youth voices: a conversation on the youth votes 2017,” Thompson added.
Making remark during the event, district 13 aspirant, Daintowon Paybayee said clean water, electricity and sanitation are cardinal to the stability of human rights, but on the contrary these continue to affect people of Liberia.
She explained that there are laws to put an end to these issues, but enforcement power is lacking and that there is a need to put an end to some of the leakages, noting “ensuring that lawmakers are very firm on their responsibility that remains a major challenge for the people of Liberia.”
Paybayee further stressed the need for government to improve on costumer services, something she considered as nightmare.
For his part, Montserrado County district six aspirant, Samuel Jacobs said the goal of power supply and better sanitation can be achieved through the reduction of the salaries of members of the legislature.
He noted that Liberia has been placed on the world rubber chat, but unfortunately government is unable to produce her own water.
According to him, he wants a monitoring and evaluation team setup to know how funds that are given to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for youth empowerment are spent, adding “the citizens need to identify the mission of Liberia in order to develop it.”
The goal of the project is to also help young people understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as voters as well as improve their voting behavior as youth to ensure positive democratic dividends.
The conversation is designed to enhance positive youth participation and influence in the electoral process.
It is also intended to hold elected officials and political parties accountable by documenting, printing and distributing campaign promises for winning the party and candidates.

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