Monrovia - Two incumbent lawmakers from Nimba County District #s 4 and 8 respectively, have lost complaint of alleged election mal-practices filed before the hearing officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC). The appeal by the two lawmakers follows a dismissal of their respective complaints by NEC hearing officer, Cllr. Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District #8 who complaint was dismissed by NEC hearing officer Wonsehleay on Monday had earlier complained to the Commission that he contested in the October 10th Presidential and Representatives elections. In his ruling to dismiss Younquoi’s complaint Monday, NEC hearing officer Cllr. His rival, through his legal counsel, rejected his complaint and called on the hearing officer to dismiss it because the allegation lacks proof.
December 13, 2017 03:11 UTC
Most of these young men travel by road through the desert, from Mali to Algeria or Libya or Morocco, onward to Italy or Spain. One of such Liberians, who trekked this dangerous journey and luckily came back home alive is George Kollie, who is now a taxi driver. My Oldma had to find that money and send for my release.”“Those who parents or relatives could not send money in time were killed or sold as slaves. “I made a lot of money working at the construction site but you cannot send money out of Algeria""You are not allowed to travel out of the country with their money, so I could not send money home." "They took all my money and told me that I could not take their money out of their country."
December 13, 2017 02:37 UTC
The party is meanwhile expected to have a strategy meeting on the runoff election today. The coalition chairman, Nathaniel McGill, welcomed the pronouncement of runoff date and noted that his party is prepared for the election. “The Supreme Court did not say the FRR must be cleaned before NEC announces the runoff date. NEC is doing the right thing by allowing the runoff election be held before the expiration of President Sirleaf’s tenure. Campaign declared openMeanwhile, Chairman Korkoya has declared open the campaign for the runoff election.
December 13, 2017 02:31 UTC
Monrovia – Former Defense Minister of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), Mr. Thomas Woewiyu’s criminal case has been assigned for Monday, February 26, 2018 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “In The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, take notice that the entitled case has been set for a specially listed jury trail, in the United States District Court, United State Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on Monday February 26 2018 at 10:am before the honorable Anita B. Brody, in Courtroom 7-B on the 7th floor,” the Court added. Woewiyu had been living in the United States and returned to Liberia to contest a senatorial seat for Grand Bassa County prior to his arrest. U.S. prosecutors won a motion from a Federal Magistrate Judge to delay the start of the Federal case against former rebel Liberian defense minister and spokesman, Woewiyu, citing the Speedy Trial Act. The historic case marked the first time that Liberian war victims were able to testify against a perpetrator for crimes committed during the bloody Liberian civil war in a public trial inside or outside of Liberia.
December 13, 2017 02:26 UTC
Dr. Daykeay is the one who reportedly helped to establish the graduate school. Dr. Isaac has therefore preferred another colleague to occupy the position. In his letter of termination, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, Dr. Isaac stated that Daykeay’s credential is ‘weak.’However,the latter continues putting up a defense for his credentials contrary to what Dr. Isaac believes. In a recent interview with journalists, Dr. Daykeay considers himself amply qualified and competent for the position of dean of the graduate school. He called on authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education to intervene in the ‘unfortunate impasse,’ which he said Dr. Isaac created by his failure to professionally handle.
MassaquoiA Supreme Court lawyer, in support of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh’s dissenting view against the runoff as mandated by the Court, fears that the majority opinion should have demanded the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome G. Korkoya, to recuse himself from conducting the runoff election. Jonathan Massaquoi said he believes that asking Korkoya to rescue himself would have been the best option to ensure a transparent, free and fair election, “because he has lost public confidence to conduct any election in the country.”Although he respects the court’s decision, Massaquoi maintains his legal right to disagree with the decision. The majority opinion mandated that “the NEC chair and members of the Board of Commissioners are prohibited from any public or other pronouncements and utterances relating to any matters, which must grow out of the runoff election or any statements in regard to any complaint filed with the commission as doing so could create a semblance of bias, prejudice or view of the case.”Massaquoi said the court asking the NEC chairman not to make utterances concerning the runoff was not as important as him (Chairman Korkoya) recusing himself to ensure fairness and transparency leading to the conduct of the process. “If the court says the NEC chairman, who is the spokesperson of the commission, not to make any runoff statement, it clearly demonstrates that the Liberty Party (LP) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) complaint proved Korkoya’s biases as such, they should have ordered him to rescue himself; a decision which was not done,” Massaquoi observed. Another issue Massaquoi raised was the cleaning-up of the Final Registration Roll (FRR), which he said should have been done when ‘Korkoya shall have recused himself from the exercise.’“To say that NEC must clean-up the FRR, simply demonstrates that there were irregularities and frauds as claimed by the LP and the UP, which decision should have disqualified Korkoya from handling the runoff election.”The majority opinion also recommended “that any addendum to the FRR be limited to only those at NEC’s polling and counting manual; that poll watchers who are not registered at their places of assignment and whose names are not on the FRR should not be allowed to vote at their assigned area; and the NEC is ordered with the scheduling of the runoff election in accordance with the Constitution and the New Elections Law.”That opinion blamed other NEC members of the BOC for not advising Korkoya to recuse himself from the LP, UP versus NEC final hearing before the Board.
The electoral dispute that engulfed District #4 in Nimba County since the October 10 representative election has finally reached a logical conclusion as authorities at the National Elections Commission (NEC) declared Gonpue L. Kargon as the official winner of the district. “I want the former Representative, Garrison Yealue, to accept this defeat, and understand that leadership is from God. I intend to reconcile the people of the district with specific focus on supporters of my rival, Garrison Yealue, and my own supporters,” Kargon told the Daily Observer yesterday. “Due to the political differences, I intend to go to the district and bring all these people together ensuring that we settle the differences and move the district forward,” he said. According to him, his victory means development, prosperity and glory for the people of Nimba.
The Plenary of the House of Representatives in August this year, voted and endorsed the Land Rights Act, and submitted it to the Senate for concurrence. The chiefs maintain that “since politicians can easily change any policy in the country, the draft Land Rights Act submitted to the Legislature in 2014, for passage into law was basically converted from the 2013 Land Rights Policy. The traditional chiefs made the statement when they petitioned the Senate recently. The chiefs explained that, disappointingly, the lawmakers removed significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provided protection for rural and poor communities. The traditional leaders, through their Speaker, chief Bob Kofi Zar, expressed disappointment over the lawmakers’ removal of significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provides protection for rural and poor communities.
For the EU EOM, its statement following the first round of the election pointed to some challenges and the overwhelming voter turnout. The EU EOM in a statement acknowledged the National Elections Commission (NEC) for its efforts to administer hearings on complaints from some discontented parties in the October 10 polls. The EU EOM also commended all political parties for their firm commitment to resolving disputes through mediation and judicial means. The mission’s final assessment will reflect the conduct of the remaining stages of the election process. The EU EOM has been present in Liberia since September 1, 2017, following an invitation from Liberian authorities.
What is NEC telling us here—that this runoff is not that important to explain it and all its ramifications to the Liberian people? In our yesterday’s Editorial, we further called on NEC to make sure that it involves the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the FRR cleanup exercise. So NEC did announce at its press conference yesterday that a technical team from ECOWAS was due to arrive yesterday to assist with the cleanup exercise. The question is, how does the NEC run ahead and announce a runoff date when it has not first completed the FRR cleanup exercise? Has this been done, when the cleanup exercise has not even begun?
Monrovia – Orange Liberia has announced a new promotional package that is expected to shake up the Liberian telecommunications landscape in a major way. The package gives Orange customers access to unlimited national calls and SMS, unlimited calls to USA and unlimited data for $29 per month. Unveiling the package for the first time, the chief marketing officer for orange Liberia Mr. Noel chateau described the new promotion as the telecommunications solution that thousands of Liberians had been waiting for. The new promotion provides customers’ unlimited calls and SMS to orange numbers, unlimited calls and SMS to other networks, unlimited calls to the USA, and unlimited data. “Essentially, for less than a dollar a day, we are giving our customers everything they need in terms of a full and robust telecommunications package.
December 13, 2017 02:15 UTC
It is in this regard that the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada have since April 2016 been helping the LNRCS with recovery activities. The Red Cross said the over 44 survivors at the center of recovery are being assigned a group of counselors and supplied a package of food and other items. Red Cross Bomi field officer Zinnah Quaye said the 44 MOH staff from the various health facilities were trained in stress management, with 12 health facilities and schools receiving a solar light each. He said 92 WASH volunteers assigned at the various schools, health facilities and communities were trained and received hygiene materials that were distributed to their facilities. 250 Red Cross and community contingency plans and early warning systems for epidemic outbreaks including gender diversity were developed.
The terminal at the Ganta Main Border is undergoing renovation, so as to give boost to economic activities at the border. Workers at the border have expressed gratitude to the level of work that is ongoing at the terminal, presently. In similar development, the Immigration Checkpoint at the border that was removed by the Ministry of Public Works, during the construction of the Gbarnga – Ganta Border road, is yet to be replaced. An immigration officer told this paper that when the check for the reconstruction of the checkpoint was raised, Public Works took the check and promised to reconstruct the checkpoint, but has yet to do so. Effort to get Public Works did not materialize.
He said Orange the new promotional package will shake Liberian telecommunications landscape in a major way. The package gives Orange customers access to unlimited national calls and SMS, unlimited calls to the USA and unlimited data for $29 per month. The new promotion provides customers with unlimited calls and SMS to Orange numbers, unlimited calls and SMS to other networks, unlimited calls to the USA, and unlimited data. “Essentially, for less than a dollar a day, we are giving our customers everything they need in terms of a full and robust telecommunications package. The devices include smartphones from as low as $35, a wide range of mid-level Tecno devices, to high-end devices such as the iPhone 8.
After emerging as Liberia’s next representative to the 2018 CAF Champions League, LISCR FC will next week Wednesday know their opponents for the preliminary rounds of the continental competition after the draw. LISCR became champions last season after rivals FC Fassel’s title ambition was canceled by protest ruling. LISCR in preparation for the competition have already signed on nine new players, including four Gambians from the Gambian First Division League. Liberia’s previous representative in the CAF Champions League, Barrack Young Controllers, dropped in the first round of this year’s edition after losing to Ferroviário Beira 4-1 in post-match penalties. It requires 14 or 16 matches to become African champions with the rewards, including a US$2.5 million prize and qualification for the Fifa Club World Cup.
December 13, 2017 02:03 UTC