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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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This Shipp sails right on course

first_imgLOS ANGELES – As Debbie Shipp listened to her son on the other end of the phone, she knew things were not well. Josh Shipp was talking about the pain in his right hip, how it hurt to walk, and sometimes even move. “He’s not a complainer,” Debbie Shipp said. “For him to pick up the phone and call me and say, `Ya know, I’m hurting. It hurts.’ You know he’s in pain.” The pain was physical and mental. Ship was recovering from hip surgery, but also felt because he wasn’t on the court to help his team. A year later, Shipp still experiences occasional soreness, but he can live with it. Rather than watching UCLA run through the Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA tournament dressed in slacks and a sweater from the end of the bench, he is the second-leading scorer for No. 2 UCLA, which hosts No. 19 USC tonight at Pauley Pavilion. “I just enjoy being out here now, more so than ever before,” said Shipp, a 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore forward. “My freshman year, I kind of wasn’t a practice player. I was all about the games. But even last year, just sitting and watching, I couldn’t wait to get out and practice. That’s all I had.” Shipp, who redshirted last season, said he does not feel as if he missed out on last year’s run to the title game because he practiced with the team late in the season, and he traveled with the Bruins. But his former roommate, Jordan Farmar, who is now with the Lakers, said not playing took a toll on Shipp. “His thinking was that he was going to let down the team, he was going to lose a year and fall back,” Farmar said. “(Farmar told Shipp) just to stay confident and keep working. Everything happens for a reason. He did just that.” center_img Now healthy, Shipp said he has better explosion on his first step and is better at slashing to the basket than pre-surgery. He is averaging 13.4 points per game, and his innate basketball instincts often allow him to track down loose balls and errant shots and put him in position for easy baskets. Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said Shipp’s value was noticeable last month, when UCLA needed Afflalo’s last-second jumper to beat USC at Galen Center. Shipp sat out with a hamstring injury, and the Bruins struggled offensively. “I think Josh is kind of our X factor,” UCLA sophomore power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said. “He does everything.” However, Shipp’s jump shot has failed him lately, which he attributes partly to a lack of “pop” in his legs. He is shooting 29.6 percent from 3-point range, and his percentage drops to 17.6 in Pac-10 games. “I think it’s a little from the surgery because I picked up bad habits just playing around, shooting, because I wasn’t able to jump for a while,” Shipp said. “I was doing a lot of set shots, and picked up on the habit. I’m trying to break it right now. “I’m not jumping.” Also, Shipp’s defense is lagging, although it is not costing him playing time. Shipp is averaging 29.8 minutes per game, including 29 minutes in Pac-10 play. The road back was not easy, particularly because Shipp can be stubborn. “My mom kept my spirits high whenever I was down,” Shipp said. “She knew what to say.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE ACT NEXT WEEKEND AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S

first_imgSister Sara’s has re-established its position as one of the best pubs in Donegal, since re-opening earlier this month under new management.Since it re-opened, Sister Sara’s has consistently provided top class entertainment every weekend for it’s loyal band of customers.Next weekend promises to be the best one yet, on Friday August 29th the much revered Garth Brooks tribute act Gary McEvoy takes to the stage. This weekend, The Workmates will perform in the live lounge on Friday night, and a large crowd is expected to attend both gigs.On Saturday, you can watch Arsenal and Everton and afterwards there will be a super-pub disco to get you in the party mood.Highland Radio’s Paddy Friel will be spinning the discs and will play all your favourites.On Sunday watch the All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Mayo, and the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Sunderland on one of our many top quality HD Plasma TV’s. GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE ACT NEXT WEEKEND AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewsSister Sara’sWEEKEND LINE-UPlast_img read more