The executive director of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), Joe Luamba, Jr has called on Liberians to join the newly established National Citizens Registry (NCR).
In a press release issued in Monrovia last Friday, Luamba said the NCR is being launched to enable Liberians to fulfill their constitutional obligation by adding their names, voter registration and electoral districts to the national registry.
“This citizens' initiative is consistent with the letter and spirit of Article I of the Liberian Constitution which states that ‘All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require,’" he said.
He explained that the NCI Registry is open to all Liberian citizens to add their names, voter registration numbers, electoral districts, counties and phone numbers indicating to politicians that 167 years of statehood was necessary.
When Liberian citizens value their opinions they must ensure that their servants in government follow their orders and in a situation where a government ceases to serve the common good of society, it becomes the duty of citizens to bring their servants under control.
The NCR’s initiative, he said, “is a proven strategy that has successfully guaranteed that public servants remain servants instead of public masters in democracies and thisdates back to 5th century Greece.”
He said the initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body and it exists in Switzerland, United States and the European Union.
In order to return from the bottomless pit of despair, underdevelopment and lack of opportunities, Luamba said Liberian citizens must take the lead and begin trusting democratic ideas, not politicians, irrespective of their tribe, religion, education or social status.
Luamba urged all Liberian citizens to register to vote as the first step on the path to peace, prosperity and unlimited equal opportunities for all citizens. They must register at the National Citizens Initiative Registry by calling 0775718065 and the process will continue through email, sms texts, letters, facebook, and websites to be established by UHRI.