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Patriotic Sierra Leoneans Organization (PSL) will be facilitating a Presidential debate on Monday November 5, 2012 at the Miatta Conference Center, Brookfield Freetown. Presidential Debates are important for many reasons. First off, the candidates will get to tell the people their opinions on matters related to governance and general societal issues. Secondly, the candidates will use the opportunity to reveal what they will do if they are voted to clinch the presidency. They will also explain what is going on in our country at the moment and what will happen in the future and are placed better to explain what they will do about the future. Overall, it gives us Sierra Leoneans a good feeling having the opportunity to understand the candidates’ plan, objectives and determinations to become good leaders. The Presidential Debate will also give some insight into the personalities and characters of the candidates contesting.
The presidential debates – the single most important electoral events – should provide voters with an opportunity to see the Presidential candidates discussing important issues in an unscripted manner.
Open Presidential Debates inform the public, the news media and policy makers about the stance the candidates have and promises they make. It will serve as a reflection to hold leaders accountable for promises and plans.
PSL wants to inspire youths and children’s interest in the presidential elections and to actively participate in the democracy of our land, start now by getting them involved in the process and watch the presidential debates together. Try to refrain from hatefully voicing your own opinions concerning presidential candidates and issues before the debates; let young people know that you want them to think for themselves and form their own opinions.
Formally discuss the debates with young people before you watch them, especially if this will be the first time your kids or teens are watching a presidential debate. Let them know why presidential candidates debate, and why it is so important for everyone in the country to listen to and/or watch the debates. If you need to inform yourself about presidential debates, read and share pertinent newspaper and news magazine articles with your kids and teens in the days before the debate. Never be afraid to admit to your kids that you need to seek information to educate yourself. Not only will you be a great role model, kids love to learn that adults don’t know everything! Major newspapers, television and radio stations all over the country now have the ingredients that you can investigate together about the Presidential Candidates. Seek objective news sources and make sure the sources you use represent multiple perspectives.
Have a great time at the debates, and be sure to take your kids with you when you vote so they can see how it’s done. Taking the time to take them with you will let them know how important it is that everyone votes!
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