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 – A one day County consultation organized by The National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) on the Joint Legislative Committee’s process successfully ended at the Women Center in Gbarnga, Bong County.
According to NAYMOTE-Liberia Executive Director; Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, the forum is meant to 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 with greater ideas deepening citizens engagement in Constitutional Reform in Liberia.
In addition; elections of local leaders, the reduction of political parties in Liberia to four, and traditional land ownership were amongst others recommendations discussed.
NAYMOTE also held mock exercises like a referendum to test the participants’ support for or against the propositions which brought mixed views sparking huge debates among the participants, in support of the pending referendum.
Results gathered from the mock exercises showed awesome support for the reduction in the tenures of elected officials, reduction in the number of political parties, women participation in elections processes and the election of local leaders.
According to our County Correspondent, his observation captured many participants expressed minimum support for open citizenship for people of non-negro decent and the recognition of Dual Citizenship in Liberia.
The forum is being sponsored by UNDP through support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Participants at the gathering included; representatives from various youth groups, CSOs, citizens, the media, along with several local leaders of the County.
In another development, an effort to create awareness about the Service Center in Bong County, NAYMOTE-Liberia has also ended a debate between two high schools in namely; Dolokelen Gboveh and St. Martins High Schools in Bong County.
The argument point about the debate was “The Government of Liberia is doing well in bringing service to the people through the County Service Center”.
In the argument, the Dolokelen Gboveh High School was the pro while the St. Martins Catholic High School was the Com.
The Gboveh High School defeated the St. Martins in that debate held at the Gbarnga Women Center on December 1, 2016.
The two high schools received Seventy-five United States Dollars each for research prior to the debate.
At the climax of the entire gathering, Gboveh High School was awarded a cash prize of One Hundred USD for emerging as winner while the St. Martins High School got Seventy-five USD for participating in the arguable process.