April 26, 2017 By Hassan G. Koroma
U.S-based proprietor of Radio Viascity, a community radio in Waterloo, Western Area Rural District, Ashaun Mohamud Viassy, in collaboration with the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party, has embarked on a massive ‘go register campaign’ in the Waterloo and Tombo communities.
It could be recalled that the voter registration process for the 2018 general elections in Sierra Leone commenced on Monday, 20th March, 2017, and was supposed to end on 16th April, 2017, with the National Electoral Commission (NEC) targeting about 3.5 million eligible voters across the country. But due to low turnout on the part of the people, coupled with other delays in the process, the Commission through the approval of Parliament, on Thursday 13th April, extended the process to 30th April, 2017.
Speaking to Concord Times in an interview during the ‘go register campaign’ that targeted major streets and markets in Waterloo and Tombo communities respectively, Ashaun Mohamud Viassy, said he decided to come home and register with the aim to fully participate in the 2018 elections in the country.
He said many of the registration centres were empty, which frustrated people not to go there, adding that because of that situation, he was urged to mobilize community stakeholders to embark on ‘go register campaign.’
“The aim was to sensitize the people of both communities about the importance of going through the registration process. Since we started, I have been providing food and water for people that go to register in the various centres. This was a way of refreshing and encouraging them to be patient with the process,” he said.
He added that his approach has attracted lots of people in those communities to come out and register.
He said, “As an indigene of Waterloo community, I have done lots of development efforts. I have given them a community radio so that their voices can be heard, provided hundreds of scholarships to both pupils and university students. I owned a construction company which has provided employment for many youth and I have also contributed to many community development programmes.”
He commended the present government for its development efforts, especially in the area of infrastructure and health.
He vowed to support and complement the good effort of government in the Waterloo and Tombo communities respectively.
APC’s Constituency 94 Chairman, Ernest Moiba, said the timely intervention of Ashaun Mohamud Viassy helped lots of people to register in that part of the country.
He pledged to work with Ashaun Mohamud Viassy whenever he is needed.