Referendum Campaign enters new phase


The National Coordinating Committee will kick off a major drive this week to create awareness about the November 6 referendum and to ensure that citizens are furnished with the facts about the historic vote.

The youth will yet again take center stage this 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.

It will take place at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street starting at 6pm and registration is being done exclusively on the Ticketing app.

“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 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 teacher Gavin Emmanuel.

Wednesday’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.

On Thursday evening another public consultation will be held at the Multi-Purpose and Cultural Centre featuring Justin Simon QC, Juno Samuel, Anthony Astaphan and Nelisa Spencer. All are invited to attend and engage in this public discourse.

On Saturday, the NCC rolls into the communities on its information train geared mainly at engaging the man on the street with important information that will help them to determine the choice they will make in the referendum.

“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,” stated Andy Liburd, Chair of the PR and Media Team.

So far, the committee has engaged several government entities and private sector stakeholders, holding focus group sessions with employees. This effort is a continuous one. “This too has been quite effective as we are able to dialogue with the people on the ground,” Liburd stated.

Meantime, the Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding a Breakfast Session at the Sugar Ridge Resort for its members. The featured speaker will be well known Barbadian business man Avinash Persaud.

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  1. I believe this campaign in targeting the youth is a bit a little too late. i did not see a drive to ensure that the youth was registered before the deadline date of August 31. I have spoken to lots of young people and many were not aware of the date for registration. Just like in a general election you make sure people are registered. Because only those registered can cast their vote. We now may have lots of young people because they are not really in tune with what is going on around them, will be left out this very important decision of their country.

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