September 30, 2019
By Regina Pratt
National Commission for Democracy on Tuesday September 24, 2019 held a one-day interactive forum to commemorate International Day of Democracy at the Ministry of Information conference hall, Youyi building.
In his address, Western Region Commissioner, Benjamin Macfoy, said International Democracy Day is commemorated worldwide and that Sierra Leone was not left out as series of activities were lined up to observe the day, which was celebrated on 15th September, 2019.
He re-echoed the words of United Nations Secretary-General, who said world Democracy Day is about the people, equal treatment and their participation.
The commissioner said they were commemorating the day with a roundtable interaction with political parties and other stakeholders, like the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) , Office of National Security (ONS), All Political Party Association (APPA), and the Institute for Governance Reforms (IGR) among others.
The Governance Adviser to State House, Dr. Emmanuel Gaima said participation should be opened and should not be controlled.
“Participation must be responsible engagement, and it has to be fair,” he said, adding that participation should be a commitment to the government agenda.
Dr. Giama also said that there will be a re-opening dialogue for the Constitutional Review Committee.
“Governance is not about politics, it’s about service delivery and not partisan,” he said
Executive Chairman of National Commission for Democracy, Dr. Abubakarr Kargbo said Democracy is a social contract between the people and the government, and reminded the gathering that it is the responsibility of citizens to pay taxes, vote and be voted for, and belong to a political party of their choice.
“It is the responsibility of the citizens to participate in democracy and national development,” he said
He said governance is based on the economy and that it should not depend on donors to run the country, but use the little resources they have.