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Sierra Leone News: NGC meets with CSO’s on manifesto development

Idriss Tarawallie, CSO representative, making his point

The National Grand Coalition (NGC) on Tuesday 23 January 2018 engaged civil society organizations on inclusive and effective manifesto development at the Hill Valley Hotel on Signal Hill Road in Freetown.
A party’s manifesto is a public statement of aims and policies, objectives and intent. According to NGC Campaign Spokesperson, Julius Spencer, in order to have a very strong and inclusive manifesto, they are bringing on board civil society organizations and citizens of Sierra Leone. Spencer highlighted, “We are engaging civil society organizations because we think their views are very important and their input is essential.”
He noted that they are currently working on their manifesto. He added that after the official declaration of the campaign period by the National Electoral Commission they will launch their manifesto.
The Chair and Leader of the NGC Party, Dennis Bright, said, “The aim of the NGC is to create a free, fair and just society that offers opportunities for all Sierra Leoneans. The democracy of Sierra Leone is dwindling away every day. Exclusion and bad politics have affected the country. Without justice and peace, there will be no development.”
He applauded the drafter of the Citizen’s Manifesto. “The NGC endorses the Citizen’s Manifesto and we are calling on other parties to follow suit,” Bright said.
According to Batilloi Warritay, a member of the NGC communication team, said, “Sierra Leone will be a country where the rule of law should be abided and also where natural resources are harnessed for sustainable development and the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.
The Chair of the Standing Together for Democracy Consortium, Idriss Tarawallie, applauded the efforts of NGC. He underscored, “It is the first time in Sierra Leone for a political party to bring CSOs on board while developing their manifesto. We want to see the needs of the citizens be reflected in political party manifestos.
The Executive Director of Heal Sierra Leone, Joseph Sannoh, talked about the impact of these party manifestos in the past. “There have been several good documents but the implementation has been the problem.” MJB/23/1/18
By Mohamed J. Bah
Wednesday January 24, 2018.

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