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National Youth Commissioner, Anthony Koroma, has declared nationwide 50 days non-violence campaign activities for youths across the country to commence October 1st this year.
The program will feature a host of dignitaries and grass roots people across the country. Chairman of the occasion Director for Anti-Violence Movement, Bernard Conteh said this programme is aimed at rebranding the violent minds of youths in this country and helping transform this non violence culture to reflect in the behaviors of our youths in the elections slated for November 17th, 2012.
Mr. Koroma made this disclosure during the official launching ceremony of the Youth Network for Violence Free Elections 2012 at the National Stadium Swimming Pool Complex, Freetown, saying this initiative is aimed at sensitizing youths to stay clear of violent activities at the upcoming polls.
Mr. Koroma explained that this 50 days declaration is geared to mobilize and galvanize the support of youths in the November elections and to coordinate and disseminate non-violence information across the various communities in the country. He further noted that youths are considered as peace ambassadors in this forthcoming election.
Talking on this issue, National President for the Youth Network for Violence Free Election 2012, Alphonso Manley, said that various groups across the country have pledged to embark on massive sensitization activities for the November 17th elections. He explained, apart from holding community sensitization programs, the Youth Network aims to include university students in this campaign fight.
President of the National Youth Coalition, Ishmael Al-Sankoh Conteh advised youths to be responsible, and said politicians will attempt to use them for the wrong reasons. He noted further that youths should rather stake their vision for policy statements not violent activities from politicians, as some crooked and rogue politicians may attempt to lace their minds with alcoholic beverages and hard drugs to have them fan the flames of political violence.
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