MYCR advocates for peaceful election
As Sierra Leoneans perceive the 2012 elections a violent one, the Movement for Youth and Children’s Rights (MYCR) has concluded training for youths who are seen as violators of crimes during elections. (Photo: Sierra Leone coordinator for MYCR, Dominic Macavoray)
The MYCR held a day’s youth forum on the theme ‘peaceful election, respectful people and a prosperous nation’ at the organization’s head office at Lumley west of Freetown.
The Sierra Leone coordinator for MYCR, Dominic Macavoray said the organization was established in 2008 after the successful completion of the World Voices Sierra Leone youth project.
The organization, he said, focuses on Lumley community which in the recent past has transformed from a residential to that of an overpopulated cosmopolitan setting.
High birth rates are reportedly the increased cause of illiteracy from among unemployed youths within the Lumley community.
Doninic Macavoray said his organization will make sure that children and youths of the Lumley community participate peacefully in the 2012 elections.
The purpose of the forum, he said, is to prepare a level and peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the 2012 elections.
A representative from the Office of National Security (ONS), Francis A. Lamin said as partners to peace and development, they are ready to support the MYCR.
He said he truly wants to see a free, fair and creditable election come 2012. He advised youths who are below voting age of 18yrs to keep away from registration center to avoid problems.
Youths, he said, are the future leaders of tomorrow and must take their education very seriously.
Inspector Musa Thomas said they have held awareness raising campaigns with the Lumley community and have warned the youths to be focus and not allow politician use them to perpetrate crime.
Mohamed Nameen Jalloh of Defence for Democracy and Human Right Sierra Leone encourages the youths to know their role and responsibilities in society.
He cautioned them not to vote on sentiments, but try to make informed opinion.
Rose Konima Stevens
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