The Naymote Partners for Democratic Development will on Monday, October 9, 2017, hold the biggest Youth Peace Jamboree in Liberia. This event seeks to entertain, educate, mobilize and appreciate the peaceful participation of youth voters during and after Election Day. The event is expected to bring together 500 young voters from across Montserrado County, convening at the Liberia Broadcasting System Park in Paynesville City, starting at 09:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm.
According to a press release from Naymote, the Jamboree is designed to increase young voters’ confidence in the electoral process and set the pace for them to accept the results of the elections thereby mitigating any form of electoral violence.
Young people, especially first time voters, will participate in mock voting exercises, learn the polling steps, hold peaceful dialogues, screening electoral violence prevention video documentaries, conduct live performances from Liberian entertainers and hold street talks to inspire and motivate Liberians to turnout and vote peacefully.
Voters between the ages of 18-32 constitute 53% of the total registered voters. This means, young people, to a large extent, will be critical actors in deciding Liberia’s elected officials, with the expectation that their participation and decisions will improve their status and the elected officials will fulfill election promises.
Given the critical role that young people will play in deciding the outcome of these elections, candidates and political have all made public statements during this campaign period about creating job opportunities for young people and improving their access to social services including health and education, which are highlighted in the National Youth Manifesto.
As an institution, we are grateful to the government and international partners for financially supporting our electoral process. As well as young people who turned out to register and encouraged other to register, we congratulate the political parties for generally conducting themselves in a peaceful way during the campaign period. The time is now to turnout on October 10, 2017, to make our voices heard and elect those who will lead our country in sustaining the democracy and development process.
Over the past eight months, our institution has played a key role in mobilizing voters, hosting debates, town hall meetings, canvassing, making phone calls, knocking on doors, organizing public events, training young political leaders and women candidates. These actions have contributed toward a participatory, credible, free, fair and transparent electoral process, so far.
Therefore, NAYMOTE calls on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to administer an honest and impartial election on October 10, 2017, because this is crucial to the sustenance of peace as it builds and maintain public confidence in the electoral process, in Liberia.
Our institution Naymote Partners for Democratic Development promotes citizens’ understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes. Established in 2001, the institution has been one of the leading grassroots organizations promoting democracy, peace building, human rights and civic engagement in Liberia.