NAYMOTE, Partners for Democratic Development, a local NGO today launched “Liberia Decides” a non partisan social media platform intended to promote young people and marginalized groups’ participation and voices in Liberia’s electoral process.
According to NAYMOTE, this program will inform and mobilize voters throughout the country who are hard to reach communities through mobile phone calls and texting, as well as, create virtual opportunities for young people to discuss and feedback on the elections, the candidates, and the party’s manifest.
The Acting Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Cleophas Torori officially launched the ‘Liberia Decides’ lauding the effort of the management team of NAYMOTE, for establishing such platform, noting that the launch of “Liberia Decides” is in the right decision for the people of Liberia as the 2017 elections draw closer.
Other partners who graced the occasion included United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Director for Democracy & Governance Office, Mr. Jeremy Meadows, Emma Sundblad, Counsellor and Head of the Political Section, European Union Delegation to Liberia, Senesee Freeman, Director of Civic Education-National Elections Commission and Scalia Kpah, Senior Program Officer-National Democratic Institute Liberia made special remarks lauding the efforts of the organization
More than 35 bloggers, media editors, young political leaders from political parties, universities and communities attended the program.
“Liberia Decides” is using social media for direct persuasion with first time voters, encouraging them to register and vote, informing and mobilizing voters through mobile phones calling and texting, creating virtual opportunities for young people to discuss and feedback on the elections, the candidates and the party’s manifestos, employ Facebook updates and comments to drive conversations about the electoral process, the policy positions of the candidates as well as issues citizens care about most,
conducting street talks, debates and coffee shop discussions with young people to discuss the elections, candidates, manifestos and peaceful participation, producing and screen short video highlighting citizens voices and concerns as well as conducting opinion poll on electoral issues and citizens perceptions will be done during the campaign.
Since Liberia Decides social media platforms was created on January 3, 2017, the institution been having a nice time engaging and educating Liberian citizens about the electoral process. Through “Liberia Decides” Facebook page, the institution have attained 344 likes, reached 11,941 persons through posts and 3,702 persons through video documentaries and currently 1.2K viewing the page regularly.