By Abel R. Okai, GNN-Liberia, Bong County Correspondent/ Cells#: +231-886-576-379 /+231-770-019-857/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Gbarnga, Bong County – The National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE), has completed eight in a series of town hall meetings with lawmakers and citizens in Bong and Nimba Counties to discuss the Joint Legislative Committee’s Report on the Constitution Review Committee’s recommendation.
The meetings discussed the eight propositions recommended by the Joint Legislative Committee which included reduction in the tenures of elected officials, granting citizenship to people of non-negro decent, dual citizenship in Liberia, and change in election date.
Others are; elections of local leaders, the reduction of political parties in Liberia to four and traditional land ownership.
NAYMOTE also held mock exercises like a referendum to test the participants’ support for or against the propositions.
Results gathered from these mock exercises showed overwhelming support for the reduction in the tenures of elected officials, reduction in the number of political parties and the election of local leaders.
It was also observed that participants expressed limited support for open citizenship for people of non-negro decent and the acceptance of Dual Citizenship in Liberia, etc.
The town hall meetings are being sponsored by UNDP through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Speakers at the eight town hall meetings included Representatives George S. Mulbah, Lester Paye and Adam Bill Corneh of Bong County.
In Nimba, NAYMOTE brought face to face with citizens, Representatives Larry Younquio, Prince Tokpa, Samuel Kogar and former Representative of Nimba County, Zawolo Zuagele.
In a related development, residents of Bong County have lauded NAYMOTE’s Regional Coordinator, Moses Bailey for his expedient efforts which tries to shape their dreams of participating in customary National self-governing issues.
They named, the just ended participatory Town Hall Meetings, Civil Education Forum, and the Local Leaders Workshop are amongst several other assemblies supervised by Moses Bailey.
The young opinionated and democrat advocator has been working with NAYMOTE-Liberia as Regional Coordinator for over two years.