Avoid using children in election campaigns: NCPA

National Child Protection Authority Chairperson Marini de Livera has urged political parties not to use children in their election campaigns.

“It has been reported that children are being used for various activities relating to the upcoming elections in violation of the rights of these children,” she said in a written statement on Thursday.

“The NCPA views this matter very seriously,” she added.

She urged people to call the NCPA’s hotline at 1929 if they see such incidents occur.

De Livera cited the International Convention of the Rights of the Child, which says that “children should be protected from any activity that could harm their development.”

The local government elections will be held on Saturday, February 10.

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