NEC’s Lapses Worry INCHR

first_imgSince the voter registration (VR) was launched on February 1, the process has been marred by a barrage of irregularities ranging from misspelling of potential voters’ names to malfunctioning equipment and the “trucking” of eligible voters.The VR problems have now caught the attention of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) which said in a statement, that it is deeply concerned and worried about the waves of irregularities and other irregularities surrounding the VR process at various registration centers.Specifically, the INCHR said it has observed with grave concern the lack of logistics, abandonment of centers due to untimely payment of stipend to VR registration workers, insufficient registration centers and lack of security personnel in electoral districts #11, #15, #17, #5 and several other centers inMontserrado County as well as Grand Kru, Lofa, Nimba, Maryland, Bong and Grand Gedeh counties.“We have also observed that cameras, scanners and other equipment assigned to these centers to identify and prevent electoral fraud are malfunctioning, thereby either slowing down the registration or completely halting the process,” Commissioner James D. Torh said in a release.“The magnitude of these limitations,” the INCHR release said, “seriously challenges the resolve of Liberians and this government to ensure free, fair and transparent elections is held where every Liberian is afforded equal access, opportunity and space to exercise their political rights.”Another organization that raised similar concerns recently was the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC), which spoke of similar irregularities the VR process has encountered.The ECC spoke on the issues at a news conference in Monrovia where it also made mention of late arrival of staff at registration centers, miss-location of registration centers, misspelling of the names of registrants, defective cameras, and lack of security officers at registration centers.“Overall reports from the ECC observers across all 15 sub-political divisions (say) there have been challenges such as some centers not opening or issues with the cameras, but these have not been widespread,” said head of ECC’s Steering Committee, Oscar Bloh.Meanwhile, the INCHR strongly reaffirmed its commitment to promote human rights during the electoral processes and called on the government to expeditiously provide the necessary support to NEC to avert undue derailment of public trust in the upcoming elections.The INCHR is also calling on all eligible Liberians to register and report all and any behaviors inconsistent with the VR guidelines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bench warrant issued as man fails to appear with compensation for injured boxer

first_imgA Judge has issued a bench warrant for a Donegal man, who failed to turn in court with compensation for a young boxer who quit the sport due to injuries received in an assault.Dean Hanlon (22), of Dooen, Newmills, Letterkenny, had been ordered in April to pay €1,000 to Matthew Hanlon, who was injured in an innocent at the Lagoon Bar, Termon on December, 20, 2014. Solicitor for Dean Hanlon, Patsy Gallagher, said the most his client could come up with was €300. Mr Gallagher said his client was due to be in court, but he was unable to make contact with the defendant.Matthew Hanlon told the court that he had been due to represent Ulster in a boxing tournament against a team from Boston at the time of the assault in 2015.At a previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court, Matthew Hanlon told how he withdrew as a result of the injuries, which included a fractured jaw and cheekbone, swelling and bruising to his left eye, a fractured nasal bone and a soft tissue injury to his jaw.Another dependance in the case had been dealt with at another venue and compensation had been paid.Judge Kelly issued a bench warrant for Dean Hanlon.Bench warrant issued as man fails to appear with compensation for injured boxer was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Dean HanlonJudge Paul KellyLagoon BarMatthew HanlonPatsy GallagherTermonlast_img read more