Tactile Ballots for Future Elections…CPS Urges NEC
The Civil Peace Service Network (CPS) in Sierra Leone and Liberia has issued a joint position paper urging the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to ensure that tactile ballots are introduced in future elections to enable the blind to vote.
The joint position paper came up at a two- day post election consultative workshop held in Kenema in which partners of the CPS in the Mano River Region made recommendations serving as a recipe for sustainable peace in the sub-region. The paper went ahead calling on NEC to determine candidature fees and give adequate explanation to the public well in time and to avoid hiccups in the electioneering process. As part of the recommendations, CPS also urged media practitioners to maintain neutrality and independence at all times, not only during elections.
Briefing journalists on the objectives of the Kenema workshop, at the YWCA in Freetown, CPS Coordinator Dr. Sheku Kamara (lecturer) explained that the meeting was to facilitate dialogue and exchange among youths of the two post-conflict countries as a way of monitoring, evaluating and learning. He noted that the meeting was also meant to provide advocacy strategies for the development of National Action Plans in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.
According to Dr. Kamara, the Civil Peace Service is a network of organizations in Sierra Leone and Liberia partnering with Bread for the World- Church Development Service in Germany. He said their main aim is to strengthen peace in post- conflict countries with in the Mano River Region.
On partnering with the Sierra Leone Police; a call made by police spokesman, the CPS Coordinator maintained that the idea raised by police representative to cooperation with them to tackle gansterism, was a splendid conception. He responded that CPS would look at it and possibly make a theme out the situation as other activities are on the pine line.
In his contribution at the press conference, police spokesman, ASP Ibrahim Samura expressed the need for the CPS to assist the police tackle what he referred to as high spate of gangsterism and violence in our society.
BY Ilyasa Baa
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