PPP Commissioners blast GECOM for blatant disregard of mandate

first_imgHouse-to-house registration vacancy ads– ask Secretariat to withdraw ads and commence preparations for electionsThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have noted with great concern several advertisements for vacancies at the Commission which appeared in the newspapers of Sunday, March 3, 2019.See full text of statement below:“We note, with great concern, several advertisements for vacancies at the Guyana Elections Commission, which appeared in the newspapers of Sunday, 3rd March, 2019.These vacancies relate to personnel required for the conduct of House to House Registration.The Commission has not taken a decision to commence House to House Registration and as a consequence, these advertisements are perplexing, at best.This comes in light of the impending need for the conduct of General and Regional Elections, mandated by the successful passage of a no confidence motion in the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018.Despite our repeated requests, both within the Commission and publicly, for the Secretariat to commence preparations for the conduct of elections, no step has been taken in this regard. Instead, one excuse after the other has been proffered as for the delay on such commencement. The latest excuse of funding is, in our opinion, a contrived attempt to cause further delay.We maintain that House to House Registration is not necessary at this time. There are several legally prescribed processes for the revision of the electoral roll to enable the conduct of elections. These processes ought to be utilized in light of the constitutionally mandated timeline for the holding of the elections aforesaid.We view this action of the Secretariat as a flagrant disregard of its mandate enshrined in the Constitution.In light of the foregoing, we call on the Secretariat of the Guyana Elections Commission to immediately withdraw the advertisements and with similar immediacy, commence the preparation for the conduct of elections in the manner and time specified by law”.On December 21, 2018, Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against the Government, during the debate on this matter, held in the National Assembly. During the reading of the motion, the Speaker’s opinion was that the no’s have it.However, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira called for a division for the tabulation of the votes.During the tabulation, all 32 of the Opposition MPs voted in favour of the motion being carried, with the AFC MP giving them the one vote needed to have the motion passed. Since then, the PPP has been urging both the Government and GECOM to start preparations for elections to be held in the month of March, in keeping with the Constitution and the laws of Guyana.However, the Government has refused to recognise the legitimacy of the no-confidence motion passed and GECOM has cited that the three-month period as enshrined in the Constitution following the passing of such a motion is too short a time frame for the Commission to prepare for elections.last_img read more

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Smith leads Proteas to milestone win

first_img28 October 2013 Together, the right and left handed combination kept the scoreboard ticking over healthily on a difficult wicket. Their incredible effort was reflected in the fact that only two other South African batsmen made it into the twenties. Imran Tahir made a massive contribution to the Proteas’ victory after being recalled to the team, capturing a career-best 5 for 32 in Pakistan’s first innings of 99 all out, with an eye-catching display of spin bowling. 9 000 test runsIt was a South African record fifth double-century for Smith, who also became only the 12th player in history to pass 9 000 test runs. During his innings, he also moved above Inzamam ul-Haq (8 830), Javed Miandad (8 832) and Graham Gooch (8 900) on the list of all-time test run scorers. After the test, De Villiers climbed to number one in the ICC test rankings, moving above Hashim Amla, who missed the test to be at the birth of his second child. He also moved above the elite 900-point level to 909. Smith improved seven places to eighth. BowlingBesides scoring enough runs, it takes 20 wickets to win a match and South Africa’s bowlers, after disappointing in the first test loss in Dubai, were excellent in Abu Dhabi, especially in Pakistan’s first innings. “There have been a lot of challenges throughout my career, but it has been a memorable journey, one that has moulded me into the person I am today. ‘A privilege and an honour’It was a first test victory for coach Russell Domingo, who commented: “It’s a great privilege and honour to be involved in the Proteas’ 100th test win. It’s been a great journey for me since I have been part of the Proteas and I look forward to many more wins. “Today is a proud moment in our cricketing history,” Jacques Kallis added. “Even after playing more than 150 tests I still treasure every test win. One-hundred is a special landmark. Forthcoming matchesSouth Africa and Pakistan move on to a five-match one-day international series, beginning on Wednesday. It will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals. “South Africa has produced many talented cricketers over the years, and cricket in the country has been one of the pioneer sports that has unified our diverse culture.” Proteas captain Graeme Smith led from the front to turn around a first test defeat and steer South Africa to an emphatic series-levelling victory in the second test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Tahir finished the match with eight wickets after a haul of 3 for 98 in the Pakistan second innings, while JP Duminy underlined his all-round ability by picking up a career-best 3 for 67.center_img While Smith led the way with the bat, he received superb support from AB de Villiers, who was named man of the series after scoring 273 runs at an average of 91. Second inningsThe second innings looked as if it might follow the path that the first innings took when South Africa reduced Pakistan to 2 for 2 in the second over, but captain Misbah ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq made it a tough slog for the Proteas on a pitch that offered little to the fast bowlers the second time around. The win maintained South Africa’s excellent record of not having lost a test series overseas since 2006. It also took them to 13 test series without defeat, good for third on the all-time list. He was well supported by Dale Steyn, who knocked over 3 for 38, while Morne Morkel picked up 1 for 12 and Alviro Petersen ran out Saeed Ajmal with a superb direct hit. Record partnershipDe Villiers displayed fine footwork and took the game to the Pakistanis, making 164 and sharing in a South African record partnership of 338 for the fifth wicket with his captain. “I have played under a few captains and coaches throughout my career, credit to everyone who has played a role in this achievement.” ‘Diversity’“I think one of the most important characteristics of South African cricket has been the diversity within the squad over the years. We are fully representative of our rainbow nation, and I think it is the diversity that has created the unity within our environment.” Smith, playing only his second match in six months after undergoing ankle surgery, was back to his bloody-minded best, scoring 234 runs in South Africa’s innings of 517 all out. It won him the man of the match award and played a huge role in helping his team to victory by an innings and 92 runs. They shared a stand of 197 for the fifth wicket, but part-time bowler Dean Elgar made the breakthrough when he had Misbah caught at slip by Kallis for 88. The win was South Africa’s 100th since their return to international cricket and the 51st of Smith’s career in 104 tests. “I’m honoured and humbled to have been involved in more than half of South Africa’s test wins,” Smith said a statement after the match. Shafiq went on to record a career-best score of 130, but the dismissal of the two middle order batsmen quickly led to a South African victory, with Zulfiqar Babar unable to bat again because a hand injury.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan murder suspect Gerald Stanley granted bail

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. — A judge has granted bail to a Saskatchewan farmer charged with the shooting death of an aboriginal man on his property.The decision, which was released as the court was closing Friday in Battleford, said Gerald Stanley is to be freed on $10,000 bail.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Neil Gabrielson imposed several conditions, including that the 54-year-old Stanley remain within a six-kilometre radius of his farm and wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. He must also stay away from the Red Pheasant First Nation and have no contact with the family of the man who was killed.Stanley is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant reserve.Download (PDF, Unknown)Stanley pleaded not guilty to the charge during a court appearance on Thursday. A bail hearing was held later in the day but a publication ban was placed on the details.Boushie was killed Aug. 9 after the vehicle he was in drove onto the farm in the rural municipality of Glenside, west of Saskatoon.Boushie’s cousin has said they were heading home to the reserve after an afternoon of swimming, when they got a flat tire and were looking for help.Racial tensions flared after the killing.See related stories about Colten Boushie. First Nations leaders said an initial RCMP release about the shooting was biased, because it stated that people in the car were taken into custody as part of a theft investigation. They were released without charges.Some comments on social media sites have also been anti-First Nation, while others have supported vigilante justice against the suspect. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Facebook last weekend to condemn the comments and called on people to “rise above intolerance.”Hundreds of supporters for Boushie attended court Thursday. Some yelled at Stanley as he was led away by RCMP.Sheldon Wuttunee, a spokesman for the Boushie family, called for calm. He said its important to demand justice, but in a peaceful manner.Stanley’s family also released a statement through his lawyer Thursday, saying there has been rampant speculation and misinformation about the shooting. They said they hope people will reserve judgement until the facts of the case are known.last_img read more

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