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OSIWA, CCYA ends nationwide capacity building training for youth leaders ahead of election

OSIWA, CCYA ends nationwide capacity building training for youth leaders ahead of election

The Center for the Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) with funds from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has concluded a nationwide capacity building training for youth leaders and political party youths at the Atlantic Hall National Stadium in Freetown. (Photo: Left – CCYA Coordinator Ngolo Katta making a statement )

The National Coordinator for the Center for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) Ngolo Katta while delivering an overview of the nationwide capacity building training for youth leaders,  properly explained about the new electoral act.

He said youths should behave themselves during and after election and that they should also collaborate with state actors for effective participation in the democratic process and urged the participants of the training engage local councils and other stakeholders in the development process

Cross section of youth leaders at the training in Freetown

Youth leadership transformation for a non violent election has been held across the country drawn from community youth political party youths and first term voters with the involvement of female youths so that they can spread message at their respective communities.

He stated that after the training the youth leaders will be empowered to engage state actors because they form the majority of voters during the electoral process

One of the Commissioners of the National Electoral Commission, Miatta French, said youths have been actively involved in the electoral process and cautioned against political violence.

She said youths should inculcate the culture of self control and discipline

She commended CCYA for taking the bold step to build the capacity of youths towards a responsible leadership for a violent free election.

Ibrahim Amara Kamara Youth Affairs Officer Political Party Registration Commission applauded CCYA and OSIWA for taking the bold step in opening the mindset of youth about political violence.

He encouraged youths to embrace each other for a peaceful election and accept political tolerance.

Philip Wellington Western Area Regional Commander of the Sierra Leone Police said the police is committed and determined to ensure a peaceful election and the protection of lives and properties and enforcing law and order.

Roles and responsibility of youths in maintaining peace during and after elections

He said the police are willing to serve the public as the bulk of our force are comprised of youths adding that indiscipline is the major source of political violence.

The Country Director for Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Joe Pemagbie said violence is destructive tool among youths that creates serious problem during and after election.

He properly explained about some of the civic education projects funded by OSIWA towards a peaceful free and fair election through electoral education

He said let us disagree to agree and commended CCYA for implementing the project as planned and also called on the civil society to be objective in critically looking at national issues in the interest of the general public.

The Commissioner of the Sierra Leone National Youth Commission Anthony Koroma while delivering the keynote address called on youths to desist from political related violence and to exhibit responsible leadership during and after election.  He said youths should not participate in any electoral violence but to focus on development and peace.

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