NEC Begins Final Printing of Ballot Papers for October Elections

first_imgSample of the presidential ballot for the 2017 electionsThe Daily Observer has reliably learned that the final printing of ballot papers for the October 10 presidential and legislative elections is expected to begin today, Monday, August 28, since the verification of the layout of the ballot papers ended on Saturday, August 26. Twenty (20) political parties are participating in the presidential elections.It is assumed that the National Elections Commission (NEC) will print 2,026,426 ballot papers to match the number of registered voters captured during the voter registration process. Party representatives were able to review and verify ballot papers which contained their logos and the names of their standard and vice standard bearers.The party representatives actively studied the alphabetical arrangement of the standard bearers of the various parties on the ballot papers, which started with “B” and end with “W.” The NEC has, meanwhile, neither revealed which company is printing the paper nor where they are being printed.Up to Sunday, August 27, there were no protests from any political party about the layout and alphabetical arrangement of their standard bearers.Still Room for DisqualificationIt may be recalled that NEC chairman Jerome George Korkoya announced that although Liberians contesting both the legislative and presidential elections may see their names on the list of approved candidates, it is also still possible that any of them can be disqualified when acts inconsistent with elections laws and the Code of Conduct are discovered.“We indicated that any candidate on the final list could be removed if the final disposition of a case in which he or she is involved so warranted, and the Board of Commissioners (BOC) has the authority to make the decision,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mayor of Anna Regina disappointed in President Granger

first_imgDeputy Mayor of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Darshan Persaud, has expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of President David Granger after he visited Anna Regina on Thursday last.According to Persaud, the President visited the region to distribute kites to the children of the region at the Anna Regina car park without informing himself or any other authority of the event, or even following the time-honoured protocol which has been established over several years.Persaud in an interview with Guyana Times said he had met with the President the day before his visit and was totally unaware of his visit to the region the following day.“Myself and the Mayor were sworn in at State House where we met with the President and even had dinner, so I can’t say why we were not informed of his visit,” Persaud said.Moreover, he noted that he is very disappointed with the actions of President Granger and the way things happened, while expressing that permission must be sought from the Town Council in the case of hosting of any event, even if he is the President.However, the Deputy Mayor noted that he will be raising the issue at the upcoming Council meeting.While delivering his feature address to the large gathering on Thursday, President Granger said the purpose behind the distribution is “to spread the joy of Easter”.President Granger did the honours of distributing the kites, with the aid of Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally.last_img read more