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NEC Denies Sandy’s Request to Withdraw from Elections

first_imgThe UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.The National Elections Commission (NEC) said it has denied Reverend Kennedy G. Sandy, standard bearer of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), the chance to withdraw from the ensuing presidential race.Rev. Sandy early this week wrote the NEC asking for consideration so he could step aside from participating in the upcoming October presidential race on grounds that he has not been actively involved in politics since he got job with the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) nearly two years ago.At the sixth edition of the NEC’s regular weekly elections update in Monrovia, the chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, “Pursuant to the Elections Law, withdrawal is not permitted at this point, because this is in line with Section 4.7 (a) where the candidates have been notified accordingly.”Liberia Transformation Party standard bearer, Rev. Kennedy SandyHe said Rev. Sandy expressed regret for not notifying the Commission early in time, but begged for consideration so as to allow him focus on other issues as well as solicit help on behalf of the LTP’s representative candidates on the campaign trail.On other issues, Korkoya said, “In line with the legal timetable and provisions set out in chapter 3 of the Elections Law, the NEC has completed the final voter registration roll.”“As required by section 3.19 of this law, no further changes will be made to the register unless ordered by the Supreme Court. The Voter Register has been printed and distributed,” Korkoya noted.He added that the voter roll will be available in all magistrates’ offices in the 15 counties, and that the electronic copy is available for all political parties at the NEC headquarters.He pointed out that quality control measures have been put in place to check the printing of the register.“All the original forms have been checked against the entries in the database for the entire country. All of the 2.1 million forms were checked,” he said.He said the final register contains 2,183,629 voters, noting further that, “A comprehensive set of integrity checks were made on the register and De-duplication process conducted in advance of its release.”“In total, there were 4,567 (0.21 percent) incidents of duplication identified and corrected following appropriate examination. Of this, small number of cases were discovered from where a voter has registered twice,” he said, adding that there are special cases, which include the more than two times registration of 206 persons during the voter registration, and 30 individuals were identified for registering more than four times.He assured the public that the details of the two cases will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation, and if necessary, appropriate actions will be taken.Concerning the replacement of lost and destroyed voter cards, Korkoya said 4,621 entries were made consistent with the NEC’s commitment made at the start of June, this year to include any person that was identified as not being on the preliminary register that should have been there.He reported that there are four persons, all women over the age of 100, who have registered to vote. “Three of these are registered in Montserrado and one is in Grand Cape Mount County. And I would especially like to congratulate these distinguished citizens and voters,” Korkoya said.He expressed that with the exception of the nine political parties that have complied with the NEC by submitting their audited accounts and all other legally required items, including the declaration of assets before the October 10 elections, the rest are yet comply with the commission.“In respect to the requirement of political parties to submit accounts, statement of assets and liabilities pursuant to Article 83(d) of the Constitution and Chapter 7 of the Elections Law, the NEC has not received these from all political parties. Based on the deliberations of the Board of Commissioners, appropriate actions will be taken against political parties that fail to comply with the legally accepted system,” Korkoya said.“The NEC, meanwhile called on all political parties and individuals across the country to be responsible as they go about making statements and acting according to what they think during the electoral period. Claiming that the only way it is possible to lose this election is through electoral fraud is simply irresponsible.”It can be recalled that Benoni Urey, the political leader of the All Liberian Party recently said that the only way he could lose the ensuing elections is when there are electoral frauds committed by the NEC.However, Korkoya told journalists at the press conference yesterday that nobody wants this campaign to be full of rumors and speculations. “We all have a duty to ensure voters are properly informed but this duty cannot be served by irresponsible claims,” he said. “Absolutely this Commission will not tolerate any fraud in these elections and even beyond. We assure you that this is not possible, because the electoral system we have is transparent and open. We are committed to good principles and will surely do our best to serve our country without malpractices as speculated by some citizens and political parties.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL CAMERATA STRING ENSEMBLE IN INISHOWEN

first_imgThe DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble in INISHOWEN DA CAPO Concert Series, Sunday 13th November 2011, 3pm St. Buadan’s Church, Culdaff.Da Capo Concert Series Presents its 4th and final concert of 2011 with the DONEGAL CAMERATA String Rarities at St Buadan’s Church, Culdaff. Sunday November 13th at 3pm.Tickets: € 10-Adult, € 8-Concession.The fourth concert in the Da Capo Concert Series of 2011 features local performers DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble (Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, Lucia Spacirova, violins; Víctor Yélamo, cello; Michael McGinty, double bass) in a short (1-hour) concert of rarely-hear pieces from familiar names: Rossini, Borodin, L. Mozart. Created in 2007, the Donegal Camerata is a flexible string ensemble comprised by International professional players based in Donegal.Since its creation it has appeared in the McGill Summer School, Conwal Church and Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Charity Concerts for Donegal Pet Rescue and performances for Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Town Council. Recently they performed at the closing concert of the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny.DA CAPO Concert Series bases its activities on sourcing fine classical players from Ireland and beyond, and promoting concerts in a multitude of styles from the classical canon of the past and of the future.Several concerts have included Donegal composers, and now for our final concert of 2011 we are very proud to present performers from the county: the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (2 violins, cello and double bass). Four players, but not a string quartet in the usual sense, explore some of the rarer pieces by familiar composers. This will be the first appearance of the Donegal Camerata in Inishowen. John McLachlan Tel 9383734 for further information.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTHE DONEGAL CAMERATA STRING ENSEMBLE IN INISHOWEN was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE DONEGAL CAMERATA STRING ENSEMBLE IN INISHOWENlast_img read more

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England striker Harry Kane keen to prove his worth on international stage

first_imgHarry Kane is determined to kick on and become a world-class player, with the England striker dreaming of one day being crowned the best on the planet.The 23-year-old’s rise is among several fairytale stories that have lit up English football of late, going from a peripheral role at Tottenham to a fans’ favourite and one of Europe’s most dangerous forwardsAn explosive end to the campaign saw Kane collect the Golden Boot for the second successive season, but the striker is not resting on his laurels after finishing with 29 Premier League goals.The England international knows he has to do more on the international stage and that his goal-laden CV is not enough to be considered world class.“That’s what I want to be,” he said. “I want to be classed in that (world-class) bracket, but I know I’m not there yet.“Part of it is proving it on the international stage. I think at club level I’ve had a good few seasons, but now it’s about taking that next step, international football in the big games, in the big moments.“I’m working harder than ever to try and achieve that.“I’m 23 now. Hopefully I’ve got a quite few more years left and I can learn and get better and really push forward.”Asked if he thought he was in the cusp of realising those ambitions, Kane said: “I think so. My goals for my club prove that.“I’m always looking to improve. I’m never someone that will rest on what I’ve achieved.“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and keep working hard.“I’m at a great club. We’ve got a great team here with England that I’m really excited about playing for.“It’s just about keeping doing what I’m doing, keep working hard and use the bad and the good moments as experience.”It is refreshing to hear an English player talk with so much confidence, enthusiasm and drive.Cristiano Ronaldo displays those characteristics in spades, with FIFA’s Best player and Ballon d’Or winner hitting a brace in a man-of-the-match display for Real Madrid in last weekend’s Champions League final triumph.“You see him do that game in, game out, in the finals, in the semi-finals,” Kane said.“That’s what I aspire to be. Ronaldo’s a great role model, a fantastic player. That’s hopefully something I can achieve one day.”Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have enjoyed a duopoly over major individual honours in recent years, but there is a new generation hoping to topple them.“Who wouldn’t want to win that big gold trophy? It’s definitely something I aspire to do,” Kane said. “Doing that, you have to win the big tournaments, for club and country.“Ronaldo won the Euros and the Champions League and that’s part of the reason why most of the time he wins it. Messi’s is a similar situation.“To do that, it isn’t just individual, I think it’s part of a team thing as well, winning team trophies.“That’s hopefully what we can do at Tottenham. And for sure I’d love to win that trophy one day.”There are, though, questions as to whether Kane would need to move away from north London to achieve such lofty ambitions, just as Gareth Bale did to so much success in 2014.“The aim is to do it for Tottenham,” he said. “That’s my aim and the club and the manager’s aim. That’s got to be our focus.“We can’t be going into the Champions League next year not expecting to try and win it. That’s got to be our mind-set and that is our mind-set.”Kane’s focus right now is on England matters, having recovered from illness on Spurs’ post-season trip to Hong Kong and avoided the injuries that have denied him the chance to play for Gareth Southgate until now.Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Scotland is in the cross-hairs as the striker looks to improve on his ratio of five goals in 17 matches.“Football is such a big part of England and the fans,” Kane added. “We feel like maybe we’ve lost our identity over the years.“It’s about finding that and finding that kind of style. We’ve got a lot of fantastic players, a lot of players with great ability and a lot of flair.“If we can find our identity as team, it will help the fans to connect with us and going into tournaments, that’d be fantastic.” 1 The 23-year-old has become one of Europe’s top strikers last_img read more

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Carlos Bacca LATEST: Agent of Arsenal and West Ham target makes Marseille hint

first_img1 The agent of Arsenal and West Ham target Carlos Bacca has hinted his client may consider a move to Marseille.The striker looks set to leave AC Milan this summer after almost jumping ship a year ago.Back then it was West Ham who were fighting hard to sign the Colombian, while Arsenal were also thought to be keeping tabs on the 30-year-old.Now it is Marseille who have emerged as contenders to land the forward and Bacca’s agent, Sergio Barila, has hinted they could be an option as his client looks to leave Milan.“Ligue 1 has become an attractive league, as more and more clubs are trying to compete with Paris Saint-Germain,” Barila told RMC.“The presence of a great like [Marseille sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta proves that OM have a serious and ambitious project.“This is the World Cup year and Carlos wants to participate with his Colombia. That means he must choose a club that can guarantee him visibility.” Carlos Bacca last_img read more