President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said Liberia’s greatest achievement will be a smooth democratic transition in 2017.
“For us, this is Liberia’s finest moment-a peaceful, free and fair transition during the elections of 2017 and the transition in 2018,” President Sirleaf told the gathering of young political leaders.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Monday, August 8, at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church on 9th Street, Sinkor, when she delivered an Interactive Keynote Address at the Opening of Semester II of the Young Political Leadership School (YPLS).
The school is an initiative of the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections aimed at building the capacity of young political leaders as effective participants in the political process across Liberia.
President Sirleaf said all of the progress made in maintaining peace in the country will be further strengthened with the passing on of the mantle of the presidency from one civilian government to another following the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
She called on the young people of Liberia to be ambassadors of such an achievement by conducting themselves in an orderly manner during the election period.
President Sirleaf said the young people must make transition a national objective during the electoral process if our democracy must be nurtured, owned, protected and workable.
She, however, said those who want to contest for public office should be able to tell you what they can do to make Liberia a better place.
For his part, Eddie D. Jarwolo, Executive Director of National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE), thanked President Sirleaf for her leadership and said the initiative is to prepare a generation of young people who will be accountable, accessible and responsible to the needs of the Liberian people.
The organization brings together 85 young leaders from universities, political parties, religious institutions, and community groups that are passionate about improving Liberia’s democracy and electoral politics through effective youth leadership and participation.
Meanwhile, following the ceremony at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church, President Sirleaf accompanied by the Minister of Public Works, William G. Moore, made a brief stopover at Redemption Road, at the rear of the Executive Mansion, to inspect ongoing road reconstruction work taking place there.