NEC Slams Claims by Tipoteh on Voters Roll

first_imgCllr. Korkoya (left) said NEC is taken aback by the Dr. Tipoteh’s (right) claim that it is not realistic that this Commission succeeded in registering over two million potential voters for the ensuing elections.Authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday debunked Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh’s claims that the figure of registered voters announced by the commission was unrealistic and unimaginable, considering that there were low turn outs of people and several challenges at the time of the voter registration (VR) process.NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said under no condition could the Commission carry out the registration process without contacting the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), which is responsible for data on population and other demographic issues. Korkoya said the figure of 2.1 million registered voters for the ensuing elections was neither created out of imagination, nor through any fraudulent means. “We are taken aback by Tipoteh’s numerous assertions, but among them is his claim that it is not realistic that this Commission succeeded in registering over two million potential voters for the ensuing representative and presidential elections,” Korkoya said.It can be recalled that Tipoteh recently questioned the possibility of the NEC registering over two million voters when there were several reported VR frauds and challenges. He also noted that the country’s population, which is now approximated 4.5 million, lacks the number of potential voters as announced by the NEC. To that, Korkoya pledged to have the head of LISGIS “come and provide some clarity so…everyone understands.” He then admonished Tipoteh and others ‘spreading falsehood’ on elections matters to do the country the most honorable thing by seeking the right information from the right authorities.In a related development, Korkoya said the NEC has concluded the signing of the contract with the Slovenian company that will be printing the ballot papers. “The Commission has concluded the signing of the ballot printing contract with CETIS. Ballot papers for the representatives will be printed in Ghana, while the presidential candidates’ ballot papers will be printed in Slovenia,” he said. Korkoya noted that the decision to print the ballot papers in two different countries was based on a technical advice the company provided. “The PPCC, NEC and all its partners were part of the consultations and we all agreed with the company after citing logical reasons,” he said, adding that in 2011, ballot papers were printed in Ghana and South Africa. “We have already forwarded the done deal between us and the company to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for its consideration on financial disbursement as required by law,” Korkoya told reporters. He added that the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General will attest to the contract to complete all legally accepted processes involved in awarding contracts to companies, foreign or Liberian.Korkoya said that a voter increase system (VIS) has already been established by the Commission and its function will be to help voters across the country to access elections information through text messages. Korkoya said that all a voter needs to do is to include his or her election’s profile, particularly the voter ID card serial number and the polling center to which he or she will be voting on October 10. “The system will send to all voters connected to this platform their voting centers,” he said, stating that the company handling this system’s contract is a Liberian company that has been in the business for a long time. Korkoya said the recruitment of the ensuing elections poll staff will not be based on friendship but instead on a competitive process that will take into consideration competence, commitment, experience and integrity.Meanwhile, LISGIS director general, Dr. T. Edward Liberty, told yesterday’s gathering that it was unfortunate that Tipoteh is not following developments related to population statistics in the country. On the issue of the population, Dr. Liberty said NEC received national population statistics from his office at the start of the voter registration process that ended in March. “On the projection of the population for now, we have 1,140,000 zero to eight years old. They are not potential, neither eligible voters,” Dr. Liberty said. He said children who were nine years old in 2008 when the census was conducted, are now 18, and counting them now as eligible voters along with others in the age of 95 make up 3,059,817.Dr. Liberty said the country’s population is over 4 million as of this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Service Commission to be reconstituted by late March – President

first_imgAfter promising at a press conference mid-December 2017 to have the Police Service Commission reconstituted before the end of 2017, President David Granger is now saying that the body might be in place by next month.The Head of State told reporters on the sidelines of the Annual Police Officers’ Conference on Thursday that he is currently awaiting the appointment of a Chairman of the Public Service Commission before re-establishing the Police Service Commission.“I had an engagement with the Leader of the Opposition and we’ve settled thePresident David GrangerTeaching Service Commission and the Integrity Commission, and we will move on to the Public Service Commission. Once that is done, I hope as quickly as possible — maybe during February or March — that (Police Service) Commission will be in place,” he indicated.The life of the last Police Service Commission came to an end in September 2017, and the Head of State had told reporters at the December press conference that he was reviewing the names and would make a decision before the year ended, but he never did.Last week, Government’s spokesperson, State Minister Joseph Harmon, told reporters at the post-Cabinet press briefing that both the Police and Public Service Commissions are before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.“Once that is completed, it is then sent to the National Assembly, which approves of it, and then it comes to the President for appointment,” he explained.However, there have since been calls for the reconstitution of the Police Service Commission to be fast-tracked, especially since there were no promotions of senior officers last year.Before the life of the Commission had expired back in July 2017, President Granger had ordered that it put the promotion of senior ranks on hold. However, he subsequently justified his decision and, despite a court order stating that the Government had acted unconstitutionally, maintained he had had good cause for stopping the promotions.“Deserving persons were being superseded. One letter writer claimed that there had been no internal procedure for nominating officers. It is the convention that the commissioners would convene a committee of the most senior officers to nominate persons. This had not been done. In addition to that, there were other allegations — which I felt were justified — that the actual selection process was compromised.“So, taken as a whole, I felt that the integrity of the process was compromised, and that it would not be in the public’s interest to proceed with those nominations,” he explained at the December press conference — his first in over two years, and second since taking office in 2015.In November, a High Court, ruling on the halting of promotion of personnel so listed, Chief Justice (acting) Roxanne George established that the President did breach the Constitution when he issued a directive to halt promotions.This move has been reported to have had a demoralising and demotivating effect on Police officers. In fact, Deputy Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, while acting Top Cop, had pointed out last month that the situation had also caused some uneasiness among the junior ranks.“It was important, it was absolutely necessary that these junior ranks be promoted, because there was an air that with the Service Commission and senior ranks not being promoted, some (junior ranks) were beginning to become a little bit stressed that they, too, will not get promoted,” he stated. The Police Force promoted a total of 204 junior ranks at the end of December.However, Ramnarine emphasized on the importance of the Commission, further disclosing that the number of senior ranks within the Force is dwindling, with 13 of them having retired in 2017 and another four of them set to go off on retirement this year.last_img read more

Gonzales must explain appeal to Ashcroft

first_imgAt the time, Comey – in Ashcroft’s absence – had refused to certify the legality of Bush’s eavesdropping program. Gonzales tried to go over Comey’s head by appealing directly to Ashcroft, who lay in an intensive care unit recovering from gall bladder surgery, Comey said. Ashcroft rebuffed Gonzales, Comey said. Democrats said his testimony appeared to contradict Gonzales’ account in February 2006, when he told two congressional panels that there had “not been any serious disagreement about the program.” “In light of Mr. Comey’s testimony yesterday, do you stand by your 2006 Senate and House testimony, or do you wish to revise it?” Democratic Sens. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, Chuck Schumer of New York, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Dick Durbin of Illinois asked Gonzales in a letter Wednesday. The Justice Department did not immediately respond. Citing Comey’s testimony, Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who’s considering a presidential candidacy, became the latest Republican senator to call for Gonzales’ resignation. “The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question,” Hagel said in a statement. “Attorney General Gonzales can no longer meet this standard. He has failed this country. He has lost the moral authority to lead.” WASHINGTON – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales came under renewed pressure Wednesday, as a third senator called for his resignation and Democrats challenged his truthfulness about President George W. Bush’s no-warrant eavesdropping program. The developments revived a debate over Gonzales’ fitness to head the Justice Department a day after a former deputy attorney general recounted a dramatic hospital bedside confrontation between Gonzales and his predecessor, John Ashcroft. Bush continued to stand by his longtime friend and adviser. “The president still has full confidence in Alberto Gonzales,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said. However, the attorney general’s newly regained political footing last week before a House committee seemed in doubt again. Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that Gonzales in March 2004 – when he was Bush’s White House counsel – had tried to undermine the department he now heads by attempting to get Ashcroft to sign off on the warrantless wiretaps. Asked about Hagel’s comment about Gonzales’ moral authority, Snow replied: “We disagree, and the president supports the attorney general.” Unhappy with Gonzales, most Republicans have nonetheless refrained from calling for his resignation. Republicans who have urged his ouster include Sens. John Sununu of New Hampshire and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and House GOP Conference Chairman Adam Putnam, R-Fla. In addition, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the period Comey described, said Wednesday that Gonzales should consider stepping down. “When you have to spend more time up here on Capitol Hill instead of running the Justice Department, maybe you ought to think about it,” Roberts told The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy threatened Wednesday to issue more subpoenas if the White House does not cooperate with his probe of whether Bush’s White House aides, including political adviser Karl Rove, sought to improperly influence federal investigation and prosecutions. In response to an earlier subpoena, the Justice Department on Wednesday released Feb. 28 e-mails that included Rove among the recipients. They included a newspaper story about David Iglesias, the fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico. Rove used an e-mail address with the domain name “” to receive messages about the fired prosecutors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA CO DONEGAL girl has been chosen to audition for the TV stages of a hit Sky TV show.Sarah Kennedy, from Portnoo, was Miss Donegal and Miss Ireland last year.The 22-year-old will feature on the Sky Living Channel next Thursday in the search for Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. Sarah has revealed that travelling to London for the audition was just her third time she had been on a plane.And it was her first time on London’s Underground.“It was my first time on a train,” said Sarah, “and I was really freaking out.”“I didn’t realise it bounced around like that.” She is hoping she can go a long way in the show.“This is my dream,” she said.“I want to be here and I know I deserve to be here. And I know I had to go to London to do this because there aren’t any modelling agencies at home.“God didn’t give me long legs, red hair and fair skin for nothing; this is what I am meant to do.”Sky sources have told Donegal Daily that Sarah has done really well so far; the pre-recorded auditions will be shown next Thursday. Judges include singer Danni Minogue and supermodel Elle MacPherson.REVEALED: DONEGAL GIRL IN BID TO BE NEXT TOP MODEL was last modified: June 16th, 2013 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:REVEALED: DONEGAL GIRL IN BID TO BE NEXT TOP MODELlast_img read more


first_imgGOING GREEN AND GOLD IN PERTHTHIS new craze of painting cars in the colours of Donegal is spreading – to other continents!Ryan McFadden and John Ward from Falcarragh were among those doing the handy work in Perth.Said Roisin Gillespie from Gaoth Dobhair: “Please pass on our ‘Good Luck’ to Eamon, Neil and Peter McGee and the rest of the Donegal team on Sunday from your Gweedore, Cloughaneely, Falcarragh supporters in Perth Australia.” Enjoy the game! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – GOING GREEN AND GOLD DOWN UNDER was last modified: September 19th, 2012 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – GOING GREEN AND GOLD DOWN UNDERGaoth DobhairGweedorePerthlast_img read more


first_imgORGANISERS of the Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon have unveiled a top class line-up for this year’s events – scheduled for four days beginning on May 30.The legendary Irish Rock ‘n Blues Guitarist would have been celebrating his 65th birthday on last Saturday (2nd March), but for his untimely passing in June 1995.The 12th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival, that will take place between Thursday 30th May and Sunday 2nd June 2013. The organising committee have revealed a fitting line-up of 25 acts that will honour the renowned Blues ‘n Rock legend on 15 stages over 4 days in Ballyshannon, with free open air concerts, pub music sessions, exhibitions, nightly marquee concerts and to celebrate ‘The Gathering 2013’, the theme of the festival will be ‘Failte Isteach Rock’.“The Band of Friends” that features Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna, and “Nine Below Zero” that features Mark Feltham and Brendan O’Neill, all four who performed alongside Rory for over 25 years are among the headline acts to appear at the 12th staging of the Festival in Ballyshannon.Also set to appear is the lead guitarist with “Wishbone Ash” Andy Powell who will perform alongside former “Mama’s Boy’s” guitarist Pat McManus and his band, while local legend Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band will once again thrill the thousands that will descend on Ballyshannon over the June weekend. A huge international fan base already makes the pilgrimmage annually to remember Rory in Ballyshannon flocking from over 20 different countries.Rory Gallagher was born at the appropriately named ‘Rock Hospital’ in Ballyshannon on 2nd March 1948 and indeed the festival organisers are planning to stage a free outdoor concert in the Hospital grounds. Other attractions will include an attempt to break the world record for the longest continuing music session, the record stands at 122 hours, while an international busking competition will take place on the streets of Ballyshannon and there will be a hedge-school style debate on the life and times of Rory Gallagher. Over 10,000 Rock, Blues ‘n Rory fans converged on Ballyshannon for last years 4-day Tribute and its expected that similar numbers will attend the 2013 four day event. The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival recently received the Irish Festival of the Year Award for attendances between 5,000 and 30,000, for the third year in succession.Chairperson of the Rory Gallagher Festival – Barry O’Neill said: “We are excited by the line-up that we have assembled with many having played alongside Rory and many others having been inspired by Rory. With the theme for this year’s festival ‘Failte Isteach Rock’, we are issuing an invitation to Rory’s huge worldwide fan base and indeed Rock ‘n Blues music diehards everywhere, to make the trip to Ballyshannon this year to celebrate Rory and his music at this years festival, as it is certainly going to be one special tribute”.Also among the line-up are German band “The Loop”, from Holland “Laundromat” and from the UK renowned tribute bands “Sinnerboy”, “Tony Dowler’s Hellhounds”, “Ali Clinton Band”, “Jed Thomas Band”, the bluesman – Peter Price and one of England’s finest blues rock performers Larry Miller and his band. Its expected that in excess of 2,500 overseas visitors from 20 different countries will once again make the trip to Ballyshannon to honour Rory Gallagher.Irish artists among the strong line-up include Mick Pyro of “Republic of Loose” fame, he brings his rock and blues band “Mick Pyro Blues Experience” with Mick on lead guitar. Former “Dervish” guitarist Seamie O’Dowd will perform with his ‘full-on’ five-piece rock outfit, while well known Dublin acts, Dave McHugh Band and Calling Card will make a welcomed return. Indeed McHugh was responsible for the first touring Irish tribute band to Rory in the late 1990’s “After Taste”. The Festival is one of the fastest growing music events in the country and is renowned for the amount of open air free concerts that thousands pack the streets of Ballyshannon to enjoy. Other acts to watch out for include “Crow Black Chicken” fast gaining a good reputation in Ireland, as well as Donegal rock acts “Moonchild”, “Mark Black Band”, “Hot Smoke”, “The Screaming Orphans” as well as “Odd Socks Revival”, “Bad Boy Jake” and “The Bangin’ Yolks”.All details regarding Festival Accommodation, Festival Programme, Nightly Concert Tickets are available through the new official website www.rorygallagherfestival.com25 TOP ACTS FOR RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL was last modified: March 5th, 2013 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:25 TOP ACTS FOR RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVALBallyshannonlast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man has been told to stay away from his former partner as part of his bail conditions.Letterkenny court.Shane Cullen, of 17 Glendale Manor, was arrested yesterday and appeared at Letterkenny District Court. Solicitor Kieran Dillon said there was an issue with his ex-partner Ashling Kirwin of 14 Glendale Manor, with whom he had a child.Gardai said they had no objection to bail as long as certain conditions were put in place.Mr Dillon said Cullen worked in Tesco supermarket and worked various shifts which made observing a curfew difficult.After working out his hours, Jude Paul Kelly imposed a curfew of between 12.30am and 6.30am.He also ordered Cullen to stay away from Ms Kirwin and to sign on daily at Letterkenny Garda station.Judge Kelly said he will dispose of the matter on the next occasion.TESCO WORKER TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM EX-GIRLFRIEND was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny District CourtShane Cullentescolast_img read more

Letterkenny’s crumbling roads are worsened by Irish Water silence, says Cathaoirleach

first_imgThere will be no roads left in Letterkenny if Irish Water continues to refuse meetings with the Municipal District, Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle has warned.The poor conditions of some of the busiest routes in the town were highlighted at this week’s meeting of local councillors, who have again called on Irish Water to meet and discuss their planned works.“We are not getting the meeting we are promised,” Cllr McMonagle said. “I made a request as the Cathaoirleach and not only did they (Irish Water) refuse, they didn’t even answer us. “If they have a work schedule and a timetable for works in Letterkenny, why can’t they come and speak to us?“It is not enough that we are being treated abysmally by Irish Water and our roads are crumbling around us,” he said.Cllr Ciaran Brogan added that it was a ‘dark and bad day’ when the town council was abolished due to the loss of discretionary money for roadworks in Letterkenny.“The highest volume of traffic in the North West is in Letterkenny, and we can’t fill potholes. All we are getting is a lip service and it’s not good enough.” Cllr McMonagle said Letterkenny has lost approximately €350,000 from its roads, and that other ways of sourcing money to make sure carriageways are safe should be looked at.“If Irish Water takes any longer, we’re not going to have roads, because the roads are crumbling around us,” Cllr McMonagle said.Irish Water has advised the council that they prepared to meet with Elected Members at their bi-monthly clinic. The council agreed to issue a further request to Irish Water to attend the next Letterkenny MD meeting and make the Director of Service aware of the Elected Members’ demands.Letterkenny’s crumbling roads are worsened by Irish Water silence, says Cathaoirleach was last modified: May 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEIrish WaterLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

Wet and windy start to weekend for Donegal

first_imgIt’s a wet and windy start to the weekend after heavy rain and southerly winds lashed Ireland last night.Met Eireann said: “Saturday will be a blustery day with scattered showers and good sunny spells.“Southwesterly winds will be fresh to strong and gusty, but very strong along west and northwest coasts.” Revellers heading to Love Sensation on Saturday will need to pack a jacket as highest temperatures will reach just 18C with some scattered showers expected also.However, they will bask in some good sunny spells also, according to Met Eireann.Meanwhile, Sunday will start off will be another blustery and showery day with good sunny spells.However, showers will become heavy and widespread during the morning, with the odd thundery downpour. It will be another cool day with top temperatures of just 16C to 18C in moderate to fresh west to southwest winds.Wet and windy start to weekend for Donegal was last modified: August 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Greenpoint stadium operator chosen

first_imgStade de France is the operator of the successful and profitable 80 000-seater Stade de France multi-purpose stadium in Paris, France, which hosted the 1998 Fifa World Cup and the Rugby World Cup in 2007, while Sail is one of the largest sport marketing companies in South Africa. The consortium, called Business Venture Investments 1317, will be expected to be involved in the management of the stadium from January 2009 onwards, and ensure the successful hosting of eight World Cup matches. Lease The in-principle agreement provides for a detailed contract to be signed between the parties, which will describe the roles and responsibilities of the city and the operator in terms of aspects such as maintenance, parking, informal trading, insurance for eventualities and sureties. The operator has offered sureties totalling R10-million, while the approval of the lease on the stadium resides with the municipal council, and will be considered on 3 December. “Cape Town residents and visitors are getting a world-class facility which will host prime sports matches and spectacular events as well as gaining an upgraded sport and recreation precinct,” he said in Cape Town this week. A consortium consisting of South Africa’s Sail Group and French-based Stade de France has been awarded the service contract to operate Cape Town’s Greenpoint Stadium and ensure that it remains a sustainable multi-purpose venue after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The municipality will receive 30% of earnings before tax (inclusive of municipal rates) on a fixed percentage basis, which, if the stadium becomes successful, will raise the city’s returns significantly. 1 December 2008 The city municipality will pay the consortium to manage the stadium up to and during the World Cup, after which the consortium will lease the stadium from the city for a period of not less than 10 years and not more than 30 years. Post 2010 The consortium will operate the stadium as well as manage and maintain the defined areas of the surrounding urban park and sport precinct on the 85-hectare Greenpoint Common from stadium revenue. City of Cape Town service delivery integration executive director Mike Marsden said the world-class, purpose-built stadium would now get a dedicated team with an international and local track record of experience and success to maximise the value, revenue and sustainability of the stadium. Once the World Cup is over, the stadium capacity will be reduced to 55 000, enabling it to cater for all types of sports, including rugby, as well as music concerts and other major events. The stadium will feature corporate hospitality suites, medical, training, conferencing and banqueting facilities. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more