Youth targeted for intense CCJ sensitisation

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The National Coordinating Committee (NCC), leading the public education on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), will kick off a major drive this week to create awareness among young people about the November 6 referendum.
According to a release from the committee, the youth will yet again take centre stage this evening [Wednesday] at a forum targeting millennials or persons between the ages of 18 and 35 to get their views on the important decision that lies before the country.
 “Youth are an incredibly important voter demographic. All over the world we are seeing young people creating and leading movements for change. So, we wanted to create spaces that are by and for the young people of Antigua and Barbuda as we believe they are the catalysts of change. We are so proud to be collaborating with a number of young people and youth groups across the island who share this vision and who are lending their voices, resources, and platforms to this educational campaign,” stated Youth Chair of the NCC Amaya Athill.
The forum will take place at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street, starting at 6 p.m.
The youths will hear from and ask questions of History Professor Dr. Natasha Lightfoot, who will join by video conference; young attorney, Jeniece St. Romain; former prosecutor and current Deputy Registrar Kayode O’marde; and school teacher, Gavin Emmanuel.
Tonight’s discussion is a precursor to a Tweetup scheduled for Sunday, October 28, in collaboration with the New Grassroots. The live discussion on Twitter aims to target mainly the users of the popular social networking service.
Another public consultation will be held on Thursday evening at the Multi-Purpose and Cultural Centre featuring Justin Simon Q.C., Juno Samuel, Anthony Astaphan S.C. and Nelisa Spencer. All are invited to attend and engage in this public discourse.
On Saturday, the committee will go into various communities to share the message of awareness.
Chair of the PR and Media Team Andy Liburd said: “This is probably the most important phase in our campaign. The community exercise will reach the qualified voters who may not immediately grasp the information but have questions and concerns.”
He has also disclosed that the committee has, so far, engaged several government entities and private sector stakeholders, holding focus group sessions with employees.
November’s referendum is to choose whether the nation will stick to the Privy Council or move to the CCJ as the final court of appeal.

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