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first_imgIn support of the voter registration (VR) awareness campaign across the country, the leadership of a local youth group, Pursuit for Positive Action Youth Organization (PPAYO), has called on young Liberians not to allow themselves to be used by politicians in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections.Darius Bleh, the Global Coordinator of the group, told the Daily Observer at the launch of the VR awareness campaign how crucial the pending October election is to the peace and stability of the country’s fledging democracy.Therefore, he said, the young people must stand firm and fully participate in the ongoing VR process without allowing themselves to be trucked or subtract themselves from the electoral process by selling their voting cards.According to Bleh, during such crucial electoral periods around the world, politicians often perceived young people as perpetrators of violence, a description which in the end rendered the youth vulnerable.For that reason, he called on his colleagues to remain focused and proactive by engaging in positive ventures. He said Liberians, especially the young, stand a chance to benefit from quality education, good healthcare and other basic social services if they turn out to form part of the ongoing voter registration exercise.“Our parents have played their part, so it time that we make a decision that will benefit us as young people,” he said, adding, “that can only be done if we turn out to obtain our voter registration cards to form part of the democratic decision making process in October.”Members of the of the organization who assembled at the intersection of UN Drive and Camp Johnson Road, attached stickers to buildings and any moving object with the wordings, “Register To Vote With Me.” They also displayed placards which read, “Liberia needs you, please come out and register to vote”; “Crucial year for Liberia, let us register to vote.” Since the start of the VR exercise, many youth and civil society organizations have engaged in awareness campaigns to encourage Liberians who are 18 years old and above to register.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Kitty, Georgetown businessman was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the illegal possession of a firearm.Paul Chow, of Railway Line, Kitty, denied the allegation against him when Magistrate Judy Latchman read the charge.Paul ChowIt is alleged that on November 9, 2017, at Avocado Square, East Ruimveldt, Chow had a .32 pistol in his possession while not being a licensed firearm holder.A second charge read to him stated that on the same day at the same location, he had 13 live rounds of .32 ammunition in his possession while not being a licensed firearm holder.Attorney Glen Hanoman told the Court that his client was shot during a robbery.He further revealed to the Court that Chow was at the time standing outside his place of business when he was cornered by a lone gunman, who ordered him to hand over his jewellery.However, Chow refused to comply and attempted to retaliate by whipping out his own weapon, which reportedly fell to the ground.The gunman then shot Chow to his abdomen before making good his escape.Chow was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated.Police who reported to the crime scene picked up Chow’s pistol, which was found to be unlicensed. As such, the present charges were laid.Chow was remanded to prison to return on December 18, 2017.last_img read more