Dec 23, 2010, 1:41 PM
It is disheartening to read that no results have been announced in the elections held as part of the World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC). We are told this is because many schools have yet to send their votes to the Child Protection Alliance (CPA) offices in Bakau. The WCPRC is an annual event organised globally by Children's World an NGO based in
What kind of an education on democracy will it be for the young people who took part if there are delays in sending the votes to the CPA for counting and, as a result, a delay in the announcement of the results? We have seen what is happening in
If the election results in this case are delayed then it will send a terrible message to the young people who took part. Everybody involved at all levels must ensure that the votes are sent to the CPU offices so that the result might be announced. Children are very sensitive to what they learn at this time in their lives. If they pick up the wrong message about democratic elections or the democratic process in general it will have ramifications for the future of democracy in The Gambia. We have a good record with democracy in this country and we must protect it. The recently held Local Government Elections went of without a hitch and this is the kind of example we must set for our children.
We have seen in recent times the utter chaos which takes hold when democracy breaks down.