Naymote to Launch project on “Enhancing Youth Participation in the 2017 Electoral Process”

Sep 12, 2017

The Naymote Partners for Democratic Development will on Friday, September 15, 2017 officially launch the project: “Enhancing Youth Participation in the 2017 Legislative and Presidential Electoral Process” at the University of Liberia main Campus.

The project is designed to increase space for youth engagement, dialogue and civic participation, to diffuse potential election prone conflict at community levels and significantly reduced the number of reported incidents of electoral related violence across the 15 counties in Liberia with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The event will bring together 200 youth representatives from youth networks, disadvantaged youth, students and young political leaders across Montserrado County. At the event, NAYMOTE will release the most talk about peace music and video which was produced by 15 Liberian entertainers, screen peace messages from the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of UNMIL, the U.S. and European Ambassadors to Liberia. Live performances from Liberians entertainers, video documentaries on non-violent elections in Africa, short speeches involving democratic values, rights, tolerance and peaceful behavior from the UNDP, UNMIL, NEC, the Liberia Peace Ambassador and Young Liberians will also be made.

As part of the project, NAYMOTE is working with UNV Regional Coordinators and youth networks across the country to conduct Youth Awareness Campaign on Electoral Violence Prevention and strengthen the National Youth architecture for the post 2017 youth engagement to advance democracy. There will be youth theatre groups performing regionally, creating awareness on peace and conflict management as well as helping youth voters understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as voters.

“When we work for Peace, we are working for the creation of foundations for respect of human rights and for enabling the development to happen. We should not just be demanding politicians to deliver peace. Peace is everyone’s responsibility, particularly the youth” Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of UNMIL

To boost the campaign and increase visibility, NAYMOTE has designed and produced 8,000 graphic flyers, 1,000 t-shirts and 40 billboards. These items are being distributed across the country and billboards have been erected in strategic locations. This exercise will last for four months, beginning from August 1, to December 31, 2017.

The official launching will coincide with the International Day of Democracy. Democracy is a universal value based on the freely spoken and expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems in all aspects of their lives. Evolved over centuries, democracies share many common features but cannot be reduced to a single model. In short, democracy pertains the idea that everyone has the right to have their own beliefs, and to say and write what they think. Every year on the 15th September, the United Nations celebrates these ideas on the International day of Democracy.


For further Information, Please Contact;

Gerald L. Witherspoon- Youth & Election Regional Coordinator Email; Tel:+231 778-07-4839

Eddie D. Jarwolo-Executive Director (NAYMOTE)S.D. Cooper Road, Paynesville City-Liberia, West Africa,,  

Tel: (+231) 886510479, 770510479, 886 784328, 776476498

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