By Simeon S. Wiakanty, Intern
NAYMOTE executive director Eddie D. Jarwolo has said there is a need for Liberians, mainly young political leaders, to stay on the peace path during the upcoming presidential and legislative elections to ensure that the elections are held without any situation that would create confusion.
A civil society organization, NAYMOTE, yesterday concluded a one-day dialogue it hosted between authorities of the Liberian National Police (LNP) and the student-based group Young Political Leaders intended to help ensure that the upcoming elections are conducted free of violence. NAYMOTE is an organization that has been empowering, engaging and educating young Liberians since 2001.
Wednesday’s dialogue was held at the Liberia National Police Training Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The interactive session brought together senior LNP officers and students from the Young Political Leaders as well as representatives from seven political parties. It was hosted under the theme, “Yes to Peace, No to Violence.” The dialogue campaign is purposely aimed at creating awareness on how to avoid violence during and after the October polls, and to also maintain the peace which the country has continued to enjoy for the past 14 years.
Jarwolo explained that over the past year, NAYMOTE has been involved with the training of about 333 political leaders from all political parties, without discrimination. “It is important to know that election is everybody’s business, and as such, young political leaders must be trained in peace building that will be key to the holding of successful elections in Liberia,” Jarwolo said.
“As we draw closer to elections, we intend to engage representatives of political parties, and also work along with authorities of the LNP on non-violence campaigning in order to preserve our peace. This will be done by engaging the leaderships of communities such like those residing in the Doe Community, West Point, and New Kru Town, as part of the organization’s peace initiative for successful elections.” He said NAYMOTE’s major target will be the young people, who constitute about 80 percent of the Liberian voting population.
LNP Deputy Inspector General William K. Mulbah lauded NAYMOTE for the role it continues to play in the Liberian society over the years, which has resulted in 14 years of peace and security. Mulbah cautioned the young political leaders and the LNP officers to preach and exercise violence-free elections messages to ensure that community residents avoid anything that will lead to chaos during the elections.
Mulbah frowned on suspected criminals allegedly involved in recent reports of tearing down of campaign posters and materials. He warned those concerned to do away with such acts, as the LNP will not hesitate to deal with anyone in accordance with the elections law.