In support of the voter registration (VR) awareness campaign across the country, the leadership of a local youth group, Pursuit for Positive Action Youth Organization (PPAYO), has called on young Liberians not to allow themselves to be used by politicians in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.
Darius Bleh, the Global Coordinator of the group, told the Daily Observer at the launch of the VR awareness campaign how crucial the pending October election is to the peace and stability of the country’s fledging democracy.
Therefore, he said, the young people must stand firm and fully participate in the ongoing VR process without allowing themselves to be trucked or subtract themselves from the electoral process by selling their voting cards.
According to Bleh, during such crucial electoral periods around the world, politicians often perceived young people as perpetrators of violence, a description which in the end rendered the youth vulnerable.
For that reason, he called on his colleagues to remain focused and proactive by engaging in positive ventures.
He said Liberians, especially the young, stand a chance to benefit from quality education, good healthcare and other basic social services if they turn out to form part of the ongoing voter registration exercise.
“Our parents have played their part, so it time that we make a decision that will benefit us as young people,” he said, adding, “that can only be done if we turn out to obtain our voter registration cards to form part of the democratic decision making process in October.”
Members of the of the organization who assembled at the intersection of UN Drive and Camp Johnson Road, attached stickers to buildings and any moving object with the wordings, “Register To Vote With Me.”
They also displayed placards which read, “Liberia needs you, please come out and register to vote”; “Crucial year for Liberia, let us register to vote.”
Since the start of the VR exercise, many youth and civil society organizations have engaged in awareness campaigns to encourage Liberians who are 18 years old and above to register.