As the clock ticks towards the 2017 Presidential elections, the Liberty Party and the All Liberian Party have expressed commitment to improve land reform and education in Liberia.
Speaking at the Inter Party Youth Debate organized by the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections NAYMOTE Liberty Party Youth League vice Chair Youth Cephus Flazamanton said the party will commit more to improve education and land reform when given the opportunity to lead. "The liberty party will make sure that education is dealt with differently by having teachers trained, by creating incentives for qualified people to get into the classrooms for our children and creating a learning environment for them,” he said. On the issue of land, the LP Youth League Vice Chair said the party will review the underpinnings of land disputes in Liberia and advance appropriate and comprehensive recommendations geared towards marrying public land laws with Customary Tenure and Communities Land Rights still in existence in Liberia today. He said the Liberty Party government will insure that ordinary citizen’s rights to acquire their land shall not be infringed upon by the Government, the powerful, well connected or corporate entities. Also speaking, a Representative of the All Liberian Party ALP Youth League Archie Moore said the ALP will invest in quality vocational, primary, secondary, and post secondary education and will help turn Liberia’s natural and mineral resources into sustainable development. He said the ALP considers education as a right, not a privilege. No nation develops beyond its level of education, the quality of its education service providers, and the effectiveness and efficiency of its education service delivery system, he said. Addressing the start of the debate, NAYMOTE Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo reminded youth of their significant role in the upcoming electoral process. Organized by the Naymote Partners for Democratic Development through the Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) graduates, with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the debate features political parties including Liberty Party and the All Liberian Party. “We will conduct more of these debates because you have the power to decide who will lead you as we go towards the 2017 elections. The dividends of your vote have not been seen so we taught by now that you start seeing what it that those political parties have in mind for you,” Jarwolo said. “We believe you are not too young to make decisions for the betterment of our country and to change the situation of our country. Your number can change the way you live, give you the best educational system, best healthcare system, make you rich, stay and live better,” he added. Young voters from across Montserrado County participated in a one day inter party youth debate series on topical national policy issues including land reform and education. The inter party debates series enables young people access the manifestos of these political parties on what young people care about most and how the various political parties manifestos affect young people who constitute greater portion of the voting population.