The Africa Young Voices Media Empire (AYV) will play host to four political parties which are taking part in a debate aims at selling their campaign points ahead of an upcoming bye-election in the Western Urban’s constituency 110. That showdown takes place this Sunday July 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
It could be recalled that the High Court of Sierra Leone annulled the March 2018 elections which ushered in the All People’s Congress candidate that was petitioned. Now the battle line for who to represent Goderich and the Peninsular community is wide open for aspiring candidates.
Speaking to a galaxy of journalists, the Director of News and Current Affairs at AYV, Samuel Wise Bangura, said the AYV is using information and communication for development and to citizens’ increasing participation in the democratic practices of Sierra Leone.
Bangura said the debate will be looking at six thematic areas which include Fishing, Sand Mining, Education, Women and Youth Empowerment, Health and Sanitation and many other things germane to the development of the constituency.
Managing Director of the Africa Young Voices Media Empire, Dr. Ezekiel Duramani Lakkoh, congratulated the News and Current Affairs department for the initiative and also congratulated the newly-elected executives of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists for a well-concluded election.
He said AYV is very committed to the political and democratic aspects of the country, adding that they will give their support in terms of resources, strategies to ensure that there is a formidable debate.
Dr Larkoh noted that this cannot be done by the Africa Young Voices Media Empire alone but joint effort by all media houses across the country is pivotal.
Femi Claudius-Cole of the Unity Party said as one of the contenders for the vacant seat she would avail herself for the debate adding that people should stop voting by party sentiments rather they should start voting by the individual candidate’s commitment.
Khadijatu Davies aspirant the All People’s Congress party said she will discuss with her party concerning her commitment towards the debate and whatever decision taken by the party she will update the organizers.
Sahr Sam Ansumana who represented the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) aspirant, who according to him was unavoidably absent, said his candidate is committed towards the debate. He also noted that the aspirant is presently working towards the development of the constituency.
Desmond Stanley Cole Acting National Publicity Secretary of the NGC Party who represented the aspirant also said his candidate is unavoidably absent but is very committed towards the debate as a platform for him to showcase his plans and policies for the constituency.