Given the enormity of the task at hand measured against time constraints, NEC claims that it has already cleaned up 85% of the FRR. David S. Menjor and Hannah N. GeterminahThe Board of Commissioners (BOC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC) late yesterday granted the Unity Party (UP) an opportunity to serve as an intervening party of the alleged electoral fraud as claimed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) before its hearing office.It may be recalled that Cllr. Muana S. Ville, NEC Chief Hearing Officer on October 31, ruled against UP’s motion to intervene.Cllr. Ville cited the late arrival of UP’s legal team to plead on behalf of their client in the case as a shortcoming, which warranted the dismissal of the party’s request.After the ruling, UP took an exception with the hearing officer and appealed to the BOC requesting for a re-look into its case.The BOC, therefore, took advantage of yesterday’s afternoon period and looked into the case and handed down its ruling, after listening to arguments from lawyers representing the Commission and the Unity Party.NEC Commissioner Jonathan Weedor, who read the ruling said, “After listening to both the respondent and defense counsels as well as taking into consideration the ruling handed down by Cllr. Ville, the BOC has overturned the hearing officer’s ruling and grants UP to be a part of the LP’s case as requested.”He noted that the hearing officer should have considered civil procedures law sections 5.6 and 6.1 instead of Article 83 (C) alone, to deny a party from intervening in a case of interest to it.Sections 5.6 and 6.1 of the Civil Proceedings law state that intervention is a matter of discretion and interest of related factors connected to a necessary party which also becomes a matter of right.Article 83 states that “Voting for the President, Vice-President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the second Tuesday in October of each election year.“All elections of public officers shall be determined by an absolute majority of the votes cast. If no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first ballot, a second ballot shall be conducted on the second Tuesday following. The two candidates who received the greatest numbers of votes on the first ballot shall be designated to participate in the runoff election.“The returns of the elections shall be declared by the Elections Commission not later than fifteen days after the casting of ballots. Any party or candidate who complains about the manner in which the elections were conducted or who challenges the results thereof shall have the right to file a complaint with the Elections Commission. Such complaint must be filed not later than seven days after the announcement of the results of the elections.“The Elections Commission shall, within 30 days of receipt of the complaint, conduct an impartial investigation and render a decision which may involve a dismissal of the complaint or a nullification of the election of a candidate. Any political party or independent candidate affected by such decision shall not later than seven days appeal against it to the Supreme Court.“The Elections Commission shall within seven days of receipt of the notice of appeal; forward all the records in the case to the Supreme Court, which not later than seven days thereafter, shall hear and make its determination. If the Supreme Court nullifies or sustains the nullification of the election of any candidate, for whatever reasons, the Elections Commission shall within 60 days of the decision of the Court conduct new elections to fill the vacancy. If the court sustains the election of a candidate, the Elections Commission shall act to effectuate the mandate of the Court.”Cllr. Varney Sherman, leading the UP’s legal team, argued earlier that the NEC has no political injury to sustain should UP be given the permission to intervene in an election case, particularly so when it is a necessary party.Attorney Cephas Tee Wia, representing Cllr. Musa Dean, head of the NEC’s legal team, said the hearing officer’s ruling was legal and should be held as provided.Liberty Party early yesterday got a nod when the Supreme Court ruled by making the temporary stay order permanent until NEC looks into their complaint filed before it.Meanwhile, hearing into the LP’s case is expected to kick off today at 1 p.m. at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CLUB NEWS:The weather conditions continued to dominate Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club diving activities last weekend, with reasonable diving conditions on Saturday and quite stormy weather on Sunday morning. Saturday mornings dive was to Glinisk and was conducted in one stick thanks to Domnic Barr, who provided dry coxswain duties on the day. Once again the reef and seabed provided a perfect location for a dive, with a range of marine species to observe.Maximum depth on site was 11 metres, while in-water visibility was around 5 metres horizontally. Water temperature remains low at 6 degrees Celsius, but nevertheless the dive party comfortably completed a 40 minute dive.With regard to marine biodiversity Seasearch Ireland has issued a review of their activities for 2015 in which they report conducting three Observer courses last year in Cork, Sherries and Galway and delivered by their own tutors.Later in 2015 Seasearch Ireland conducted two specialist workshops, with a Nudibranch workshop in Carna delivered by Bernard Picton, which was followed by a Seasquirt workshop in Waterford delivered by David Kipling and Sarah Bowen. They conducted a Nudibranch hunt in Connemara during which a very rare observation of a Doris oceligera was reported, a species that would normally only be seen in warmer Atlantic waters 350 miles further south.Seasearch Irelands reports for last year and also preceding years can be found on two websites, http://maps./biodiversityireland.ie and separately on www.seasearch.org.uk/achievements.htm , which will let the public see which sites have recorded data and what was found there.Seasearch Ireland are planning a Observer course specifically for snorkelers in 2016, while Biodiversity Ireland are organising an Island BioBlitz on the 11th and 12th June 2016. The islands that will be involved will be Bere Island, Cape Clear, Clare Island, Inishmor and our own Tory Island.An Island BioBlitz is where experts and members of the public join forces to explore the rich diversity around our off-shore islands. Over 24 hours the five islands will compete against each other to see which island has the greatest diversity of wildlife and where most wildlife species can be found.For further information about what is involved check the Biodiversity Ireland website biodiversityireland.ie .All this data collection provides valuable information about what is currently going on in our marine environment, which very well may influence our decision making about how we live our lives. One example is how Ireland led the ban internationally on plastic shopping bags, which in past plagued our countryside and also created a dreadful risk to marine life. Turtle’s in particular confused plastic bags with jellyfish, which when ingested blocked their intestines, and in Irish waters the Sunfish Mola Mola would also be at risk as they also predominately live of jellyfish. So the ban on carrier bags not only cleaned up the Irish countryside but also protects marine life from this dreadful scourge.Currently a similar problem at sea is created by the mass release of balloons, which might seem like a great idea but in practice could be a death sentence for sensitive species, so second thoughts before such releases would be appreciated.Finally a special word of congratulations from Sheephaven SAC to club member Domnic Barr who married his bride Triona Ferry in December and followed that with a honeymoon in the Maldives, which just seems to be as good as it gets.Domnic took full advantage of the circumstances and got 5 dives while he was there and brought back some great photos, in particular of a Turtle, Lion Fish and a super shot of a Morey Eel. Everyone in Sheephaven wish the happy couple a long and happy marriage. SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA DIVER ENJOYS HONEYMOON WITH DIVES IN MALDIVES was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DivingSheephaven Sub-AquaSport
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