Sierra Leone Observes Global Vote Day
On Monday, 1st July, 2013, Sierra Leone joined other countries in the world to observe Global Vote Day set aside to fight the abuse of child rights worldwide. The occasion was marked by a series of activities, especially in the schools.
To mark the day, the Lotta Elf Primary School at no.6 Wharf Road, Portee, Wellington in Freetown, conducted an election on issues related to the right of a child. Unisa .B Kamara contested as advocator for rights of a child while Kadija .F Kabbia vied as advocator to fight for your rights and Nancy Martins contested as advocator for children’s right empowerment.
Nancy Martins won with a landslide victory scoring 97 percent of the total votes of 240 casts and Kadija Kabbia followed with 2 percent. The Electoral Commissioner was Kaday Sesay of class five who is also fighting against child trafficking.
The Proprietor of the School, Sheik Mansaray, explained that child abuse involves the compelling of kids to carry heavy load, forcing children to engage in street trading, and disallowing them to express themselves on matters affecting them.
According to the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, 2.9 million out of the 5.9 people living in Sierra Leone are children.
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