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In the week of the Exhibition of Provisional Registration Roll by the National Elections Commission (NEC) in the country, the Naymote Partners for Democratic Development has launched a new project called “Making Youth Votes Count”.

The project seeks to enhance youth involvement in the electoral processes of the country, thereby providing adequate civic and voter education in order to help young people make rightful and informed decision at the polls that will positively promote effective citizens` accountability mechanisms.

Giving the over view of the project, NAYMOTE project coordinator, Tracy Freeman explained that the institution has received grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), one of its partner to implement the project which has two specific objectives.

She mentioned that the aim of the project is to increase young people involvement in electoral process and to as well help them make informed choices that will lay the foundation for increased participation of youth in the country’s governance process over a long-term period.

It is also meant to hold elected officials and political parties accountable thereby documenting, printing and distributing campaign promises of these political party and candidate when emerged winner in the pending elections.

Freeman stated that the institution has recruited and trained 100 young volunteers that are currently working in 300 communities across 30 electoral districts in five counties to support young people peaceful participation in the electoral process.

She claimed that the project will help encourage effective citizens` accountability mechanisms. “The project is expected to reach thousands young voters across Liberia that will help us properly fast-track or document campaign promises to holds politician accountability after elections.”

In order for this to happen, Freeman revealed that the institution will use its Liberia Bus Project Concept; something she said was effective during the special senatorial elections in 2014.

Speaking at the launch of the project over the weekend in Barnesville Estate, the director for civic and voter education at the National Elections Commission, Senesee Freeman called on the youth to fully engage in the electoral process and should do away with all forms of violence that have the propensity to undermining the entire process.

Senesee Freeman: “NEC is happy to partner with NAYMOTE in implementing this innovative project that targets thousands of young people in various localities. Quoting NEC statistics, youth in Liberia constitute 60 percent of the over two million register voters in the 2017 voter registration process, therefore projects that focus on young people should be highly supported.”

He affirmed that young voters understanding their roles, rights and responsibilities in the upcoming elections will further strengthen Liberia’s democratic gain as well as rewarding in moving the nation forward since the young people constitute huge percentage of the voting populace.

Freeman added that the project will help youth make decisions that will benefit and save the future of generation unborn, if they vote for qualified people over personal relationships or interests.

By: R. Joyclyn Wea 

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