November 28, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Secretary General for the All Political Parties Youth Association (APPYA), Samuel P.O.V. Macauley, has informed newsmen that his organisation would take the lead in promoting non-violence campaign before, during and after March 7th 2018 multi-tier elections.
He was speaking to journalists yesterday at a press conference at the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) head office at Tower Hill in Freetown.
“Most times, politicians misuse young people by inciting them to perpetrate violence during electioneering period. Such act has never conveyed positive personality about the youth of this country within political atmosphere,” he said.
Macauley urged politicians to empower young people with political positions instead of misusing them during campaigns and rallies.
The APPYA scribe revealed they held their third National Delegates’ Conference on 16th and 17th November this year at Family Kingdom, where national executive members were elected pursuant to subsection 111 (b) of section 8, chapter 4 of the APPYA constitution.
“The executive membership, which is headed by Mohamed Jalloh of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) party, was drawn from all political parties, excluding the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party whose membership did not take part in the conference even though an invitation was sent to the party,” he revealed.
He expressed disappointment over the absence of a representative from the ruling party in the executive of APPYA, adding their absence in the executive was not the fault of APPYA.
“As an association that comprises youth of all political parties, we are fully engaged in the electioneering process. APPYA would engage vulnerable youth on the importance of peaceful election, advocates for more symbols for youth to aspire for electable offices, advocate for level playing field for female and youth with disability, campaign against hate speech, among other activities,” he said.
Newly elected President of APPYA, Mohamed Jalloh, said the main objective of the association was to ensure a violent-free election process and advocate for positive participation of youths in politics.
According to him, the involvement of youth in politics could help minimise political violence in the country, adding that it might also serve as a way of encouraging young people to positively involve in politics.
“When youth are politically empowered, their colleagues will support them especially when they take into consideration the youthfulness that binds them together,” he said.
Jalloh urged young people to be law-abiding throughout the electioneering process, calling on youth to resist being misused by politicians.