Rep. Yanquoi Wants NEC Declare Him Winner of Nimba District #8

first_imgIncumbent representative candidate for Nimba County District #8, Larry Younquoi, and Chairman of the House committee on Good Governance & Government Reform – Advertisement – Nimba County Electoral District #8 incumbent Representative Larry Yanquoi yesterday pleaded with the National Elections Commission’s hearing office to nullify Saye Miannah’s complaint against the Commission on the recent recount of ballot papers from the October 10 representative and presidential elections and declare him the winner.Taking the witness stand, Yanquoi said although the NEC recount was not wrong, he should, however, be given the chance to continue to represent his people at the House of Representatives. He made the request on grounds that the recount conducted for four days – November 1 to 4 – has proven that he is still the choice of the people.“At first, due to human errors my closest opponent, Mr. Saye Miannah got 19 votes ahead of me, but this time around, with the recount done, I moved forward with 19 votes ahead of him; it means that there is no more need to waste national resources to conduct any further investigation or electoral process. I am the winner and let it be,” Yanquoi said.He noted that after the results of the October 10 election were announced he wrote the Election Magistrate assigned in Lower Nimba, where District #8 is situated, and called for an investigation into irregularities discovered by his agents at the polls, but was advised to visit the headquarters of the NEC and file his complaint to the Board of Commissioners.“When I got the news on October 14 that Miannah was in the lead with a slight margin I became concerned and immediately sought out what could be responsible. I discovered that there were discrepancies from the onset of the polling process but because my representatives at the polls did not want any confrontation we did not file in any official complaint at that time to any concerned authority,” he said.He noted that being a former employee of the NEC, he accepted the call by the Commission for a recount so as to establish the authenticity of his failure at the polls, in case it was factual.The Unity Party (UP) candidate said the NEC’s call for the recount was in line with Article 83b of the Liberian Constitution. Article 83b says the NEC, as with many autonomous agencies of government, has the right to formulate its own regulations to be able to govern its operations.It is against this backdrop that the BOC of the NEC in 2005 formulated a resolution establishing as simple majority for a representative or senatorial candidate who obtained 50 or more votes ahead of his or her closest rival.The point of contention now is whether the resolution, formulated and used in 2005, can be applied to the 2017 electoral process.For his part, the Election Magistrate in Lower Nimba said there was nothing illegal about the recount conducted in District #8, and as such the decision of the Commission is valid and should be taken as such.Jaye Flomo, a magistrate in Nimba for over 19 years, said he received a communication from NEC Executive Director C. A. Lamin Lighe ordering him to work alongside the team from Monrovia in the conduct of a recount because none of the candidates obtained fifty or more votes ahead of fellow contenders.Flomo said after the votes were cast, the NEC’s counting procedures were followed, but because of human factors, they were tied up by limitations and shortcomings, resulting in some ballots labeled invalid when they should not have been.“We did reconcile, sorted and counted before the recording of the results,” Flomo said. He noted that since he became magistrate for Nimba he cannot recall at any point in time when there was a recount due to votes falling below the NEC’s current threshold. “There has been no need for a recount over the years of elections because the margin between the winner and his or her closest rival was over 50 votes,” he noted.Miannah is represented by Cllrs. Cooper Kruah and Dempster Brown, while Rep. Yanquoi is represented by Cllr. Albert Sims; the NEC is represented by Attorney Cephaus Teewian.The production of witnesses and submission of pieces of evidence were concluded yesterday by both parties and final arguments by counsels from each side are expected today at 10:00 a.m.Rep. Yanquoi Refutes Claims of InducementIn a related development, Rep. Yanquoi refuted media report accusing him of allegedly inducing a National Elections Commission (NEC) executive to favor him during the recount of the October 10 election ballots for his district.It may be recalled that the Daily Observer in its Monday, December 4 edition reported that Daniel Gegbeson, the deputy director for training at the NEC, testified before the Commission’s hearing office that he was induced by Rep. Yanquoi to make invalid votes valid in his favor, for which Rep. Yanquoi received most of the 218 validated votes to enable him gain victory over his closest opponent, Saye S. Miannah.The newspaper, however, retracted the publication in yesterday’s edition on grounds that the source which provided the details from the hearing misrepresented the facts and caused an embarrassment not only to the NEC and its staff (Gegbeson), but also to Rep. Yanquoi and the Daily Observer.The Daily Observer said it regretted the publication and apologized to all those concerned, including Rep. Larry Younquoi, the NEC, and Mr. Gegbeson, for the embarrassment that the publication may have caused them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ordinance passed to allow 5 million from CDB for Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Even though the Turks and Caicos is eligible to borrow as much as $100 million from the Caribbean Development Bank, the country will only be able to tap into 5% of that – $5 million dollars thanks to a new law. In the latest Gazette, it is outlined that government approved that the Turks and Caicos can borrow up to $5 million dollars from the CDB at a rate of 2.9% and that the amount borrowed would have to be repaid in five years. Recently the Turks and Caicos Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick was joined by CDB Director of Economics, Dr. Justin Ram who said the up to $100 million dollars which the TCI is eligible to borrow will come at an interest rate of 2% and will be for a diversity of works. This loan from the CDB is supported by the PNP Administration as Minister Misick said the technical assistance the CDB offers in this process is what makes them the better bank from which to borrow. The maximum $5 million dollars from the CDB would be for a so called, ‘Policy Reform Programme’. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Related Items:cdb, Dr. Justin Ram, washington misick Recommended for you TCIG & CDB INTRODUCES CJET Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Twin brother says they were playing before his brother died

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they have launched an investigation into what happened to cause a 4 year old boy to die; the young child’s body was discovered on Friday at the bottom of sewage well in the Bight.   Police had originally reported that they were ‘meeting’ regarding the unfortunate death of such a young person and in such a precarious place.A statement today said, “On Friday 13th October 2017 around 11:53am Police officers and other emergency services responded to the scene where it was reported that the 4-year old and his twin brother were outside playing when he fell into a sewage well in the yard.   An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.”Video on PTV8 news showed the child’s body being taken from the scene, wrapped in white and there was no adult on site to immediately answer questions about what led to the little boy’s death.#MagneticMediaNews#deceasedchildfoundinwell#pleasebevigilant Related Items:#deceasedchildfoundinwell, #magneticmedianews, #pleasebevigilant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Jamaicas new Road Traffic Act to be passed by year end

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 6, 2017 – Kingston – Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, says the new Road Traffic Act is currently going through changes and adjustments and should be passed in the House of Representatives by the end of the year.“Right now, we’re completing the dotting of the ‘i’s and crossing of the ‘t’s. It contains minor things that we have to adjust, but I can confirm, from the Ministry’s point of view, that we will be ready by the end of the year,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a breakfast function hosted by the Project Management Institute Jamaica Chapter (PMIJC), at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 2.   Mr. Henry said he is hoping that road fatalities will remain below 300 by the end of this year.    As at October 31, the figure was 272, some 49 less than the 321 deaths for the similar period last year.“I really hope that we can maintain that, to be able to say we have achieved under 300. One death is too many anyway. The reality is that I think we’re getting some response from the public,” Mr. Henry said.The Minister hailed Jamaicans who continue to drive with care on the nation’s roads.   Among the features of the new Road Traffic Act are a restriction on handheld devices and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.   Fines for breaches will also be increased.Meanwhile, PMIJC President, Arvette Henry, noted that the subject of project management is an integral part of local companies in Jamaica, “because those companies practising it are able to see faster and better results”.During the awards segment, leading provider of information technology products, Fujitsu Caribbean Jamaica Limited, was awarded Project Management Organisation of the Year.    The company won for their project of providing high-performance computing solutions for the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).“The project that we put forward this year sought to improve the computing capacity of the climate control division of the UWI. In their data centre, they had challenges in predicting and monitoring what different climatic and seismic events occur,” said Project Manager of Fujitsu Caribbean, Nicola Denniser.Seprod Limited received the silver award for their Irrigation in Agriculture Project, while Digicel Jamaica Limited won the bronze award for outfitting the St. William Grant Park with WI-FI hotpots.   Held under the theme ‘Change Management, Maintaining Consistency during Uncertainty’, the event was organised to observe International Project Management Day 2017 as well as to present the awards to the Project Management Organisation of the Year.The PMI, a global organisation with more than 250 chapters and 500,000 members, is set up to advance the practice, science and profession of project management worldwide.   The PMIJC is one of two chapters in the English-speaking Caribbean, and has been operating continuously for 15 years.Release: JISlast_img read more

Santiago Solari wants players to foget about the FIFA Club World

first_imgReal Madrid boss Santiago Solari has told his side to forget about the FIFA Club World Cup having seen thrashed minnows Melilla to grab the seventh victory in eight games.Marco Asensio and Isco struck twice respectively while Javi Sanchez and teenager Vinicius Junior buried the ball in the back of the net as the LaLiga aristocrats put to flight Segundo Division B Melilla 6-1 at the Bernabeu Stadium. This fetched them run out 10-1 aggregate winners in their Copa del Rey last-32 tie.He said in his post-match press conference as quoted by Sport BT:“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday.”“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that. There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”“Today’s game was beneficial. It allows us to see how many quality, committed players we have. They put in a solid display and showed real spark up top.”“It doesn’t matter what division our opposition are playing in. They’re top of their group in Segunda B. Scoring 10 goals in two games isn’t easy and I’m thrilled for everyone who was involved today.”“Everyone thinks they should start, otherwise they would not be here. We need 11 players and a part of my job is to choose the ones that play.”last_img read more