‘No Need for Alarm’

first_imgBy J. Burgess CarterNational Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya has assured Plenary of the Senate that names and photos of all legally registered Liberians will be on the final registration roll, therefore there was no need for alarm.The embattled NEC boss said his commission has resolved to conduct one of the best elections in recent history and noted that what is currently happening with regard to the voters’ registration exhibition does not amount to massive irregularities as is being perceived by some citizens.Chairman Korkoya asserted that the most important component of every election worldwide is getting voters’ registration because if the voters’ registration has a problem, it is likely the election process will also have a problem. He warned that what is happening now is not unique to Liberia. “Elections the world over are never one hundred percent problem-free, but we assure the citizenry that we will do everything to avoid errors that can undermine the credibility of the process.”The appearance of the NEC boss in the Senate Chambers was prompted by a letter from Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, who informed his colleagues of reports of massive irregularities in the elections process, especially the just-ended nationwide voters’ registration roll exhibition.During the marathon hearing attended by 21 Senators, Cllr. Korkoya disclosed that the Commission has so far received 13,000 complaints from individuals whose names or photos did not appear on the registration roll; but clarified that although the names of those individuals did not officially appear, the Commission’s database has already made the necessary corrections.He maintained that his recent statement assuring that legally registered Liberians who possess voter cards with names, not on the voters roll will be allowed to vote was made because it was not a major issue that could not be corrected.“Let me emphasize that you will get nothing short of free, fair, transparent and credible elections; there is no problem that cannot be resolved,” Korkoya assured the Plenary.Before being discharged by Plenary, Cllr. Korkoya further assured them that magistrates at the various NEC Centers are working around the clock to ensure that when the final voters roll is exhibited, names and photos of every registered Liberian voter will be available for the process of voting.Meanwhile, both Senator Cooper and Cllr. Korkoya, who appeared to have kicked off the proceedings, seemed to have resolved their misgivings, with the Margibi lawmaker admonishing the NEC boss to live up to his assurances of free and credible elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – NEC chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoyalast_img read more

BC government scraps lounge restrictions in restaurants

first_imgThe BC Government has decided to allow restaurants to serve customers just alcohol without a separate lounge area.This change is the next step in a complementary Liquor Policy Review update that happened last year, allowing customers to order a drink at a restaurant without feeling pressured to order food.“We are making small changes with big impacts, as we update our liquor policies based on the feedback I received from industry and British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform.- Advertisement -“Today is a great example of the work we are doing to improve processes for restaurants and create more convenience for consumers.”The Province says creating flexibility for restaurants will help to remove the unnecessary burden for businesses, while understanding that restaurants will still need to ensure that their primary purpose is the service of food.They say music and comedy performances now will be easier, too.Advertisement Restaurants are no longer required to apply for a permit to host entertainment, such as a guitar player or comedian, as long as patrons are not participating in the show.last_img read more

Arsenal reveal plans for fans with wrong Ozil shirt

first_img Chambers signs contract extension with Arsenal RELEASE LIST Arsenal confirm Papastathopoulos is finally a Gunner Latest Arsenal news 1 Arsenal ‘bid £27m’ for Argentina forward Done Deal Petr Cech promises he will do everything to retain no.1 jersey at Arsenal WARRIOR Wilshere has vacated the number 10 🔟 – It’s more than just a number. Means a lot to me wearing it next season! Thanks, @arsenal 🙏🏼〽 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/M7ZTtMdirb— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 3, 2018A statement on the site said: “Supporters who have purchased an ‘Ozil 11’ printed 2018/19 season shirt from Arsenal Direct will be contacted and sent a replacement ‘Ozil 10’ shirt of the same size and type (home or away).” You will have to prove your purchase, however.center_img New deal German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Having worn no.11 since his arrival from Real Madrid in 2013, Ozil explained how happy he is with the change.“It has never been a secret how special this number is to me. My childhood idol Zinedine Zidane wore this number and it is still the most characteristic one for the playmaker position,” he told arsenal.com. “I’m looking forward to putting it on for the first time at Arsenal after the summer break!”Tweeting about the news, Ozil said: “It’s more than just a number. Means a lot to me wearing it next season! Thanks, Arsenal.” Arsenal’s full list of released players has been confirmed When Arsenal’s new colossus left Lewandowski speechless FIGHTING SPIRIT Mesut Ozil will be Arsenal’s new no.10, the club have confirmed.The shirt was previously worn by Jack Wilshere, who left the club at the start of July. ‘THEY FAILED’ will he go? last_img read more