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ICRP identifies children’s participation in election campaigns in five municipalities

ICRP identifies children’s participation in election campaigns in five municipalities

Some of the children took part in the presidential election campaign that took place in Manatuto municipality. Tatoli's image//Francisco Sony

DILI, 07 march 2022 (TATOLI)—Institute of Child Right Protection (ICRP) identified the children’s participation in presidential campaigns in some municipalities in the first week period.

The President of child right protection Dinorah Granadeiro said the institute of ICRP has registered children’s involvement for presidential campaigns in Baucau, Covalima, Ermera, Manatuto and Viqueque.

“Although we have met with the General Elections Commission, the National Police of Timor-Leste and political parties, the reality shows that the participation of children continues in the election campaign of political power,” President of ICRP, Dinorah Granadeiro, told Tatoli at her office in Caicoli.

The President explained that political parties mobilized parents and children to participate in campaigns. Some children were responsible for cultural dance shows, wore clothes and colored political power, including the parents they brought to the campaign.

According to the Director, the children were mobilized by the presidential candidate’s success team from political parties in campaign activities, mini-campaigns, and rallies.

The official said that children came to participate in the campaign because the location of the campaign was close to people’s homes.

“The ICRP team managed to prevent some children from participating because their parents brought them to campaign and they were wearing political party uniforms,” ​​he said.

Dinorah Granadeiro assured that the ICRP team continued to distribute leaflets prohibiting children from participating in political party campaigns.

The President mentioned that ICRP will submit to the Government a report on the participation of children in political party campaigns to reduce children in political power activities.

The official suggested that everyone respect the rights of children who have not yet reached the age of 17. Dinorah Granadeiro assured that the ICRP team continues to monitor political parties to monitor children’s participation in the municipality.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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