…To Curb Electoral Violence
By A. Omaska Jallah
In a bid to curb violence during electioneering period in Liberia, the National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) has embarked on a dialogue with the Liberia National Police (LNP).
With support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the project intends to change violent mindsets and cultivate the spirit of peace throughout the electoral process.
During an anti-violence sensitization tour of the counties recently, the Project Coordinator NAYMOTE Keifala Kanneh said the project is tailored towards working along with the LNP in raising awareness about how to prevent electoral violence.
The project, he furthered, focused on how prepared the police are to deal with emergency cases during the elections.
He said the project also targets interactions with community dwellers, as well as students, taking into account that the youth constitute about 65% of the country’s population.
Kanneh added that the campaign had made a significant effort in preventing elections violence throughout the fifteen counties with a zero case.
This, he said speaks to the fact that NAYMOTE community-engagement strategies, coffee shops discussions and high schools visitations, have turned the tides of violence to the promotion of peace.
“The message resonated well across the entire country through the people we met and interacted with during the project implementation,” he said.