Civil Society organizations have launched a project titled “Consolidating the democratization process in Sierra Leone through broad based participation of women and youth groups”.
The groups are, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA), 50/50 Group, Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CDHR), Movement for Restoration of Democracy – Sierra Leone (MRD-SL) and Partnership Action for Grassroots Empowerment, (PAGE-SL) in collaboration with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Addressing participants the coordinator of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy – Sierra Leone (MRD-SL) Patrick Adu said youths and women are very important wings in the democratization process not only in Sierra Leone but the world over. He said the overall objective of the project is to undertake an analysis of the Electoral Law and catalogue the shortcomings especially as they affect the effective participation of youths and women at all levels of the electoral processes and outline recommendations for possible reform.
Patrick Adu disclosed that the analysis has been done; the report produced and has been validated at national level. This analysis will frame the advocacy issues on which constructive engagement of women and youth coalition will be undertaken with key stakeholders for reforms to ensure transparent, free and fair elections in 2012.
He called on all to ensure that the 2012 electioneering process goes on smoothly in the interest of all leading to development of the country.
By Saffa Moriba