‘Go to Court if Aggrieved by Poll Outcome’

first_imgFIND Executive Director Roosevelt Woods – Advertisement – FIND Executive Director Tells Candidates As the National Elections Commission (NEC) today begins to release provisional results of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, the Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has encouraged parties with grievances following the announcement of the final vote tallies, to take them to the Supreme Court.Roosevelt Woods, during a press conference in Monrovia recently, urged the candidates and their parties to take advantage and work within the law to resolve any election dispute.Woods, whose organization served as election observer, said the election commission has an effective dispute resolution system and parties should ensure that they follow those processes, adding, “I have full confidence in the court to arbitrate in  election disputes should this be needed.”“We affirm the conviction that the judicial process, the judicial system of the country and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election,” Woods said. “Inciting people into violence because of the outcome of the results will not help to sustain the peace we are enjoying.”The FIND boss urged candidates to exercise patience while awaiting the election commission’s announcement of official results because violence has not been able to take the country anywhere and it will never help in the country’s development agenda.”Woods also reminded candidates to abide by the several declarations to which they affixed their signatures and to ensure that the country remains peaceful.He said his organization will play a major role in making sure that those who will incite people to carry out violence to destroy lives and property are held accountable for their action.“Anybody who incites people to get in the streets to cause any damage will be held responsible and prosecuted under our law,” the FIND boss noted.According to Woods, NEC took several steps to ensure that the process was free, fair and transparent by increasing the number of civil society organizations to observer the process.“Accrediting more civil society organizations was necessary because we were there to offer our opinions regarding the process and to work closely with the electoral body to ensure the exercise was free, fair and credible,” Woods 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

Women’s Basketball To Host Bradley On Senior Day

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team hosts its final regular season home game on Sunday afternoon when the Bradley Braves visit the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and following the conclusion of the game Drake will honor its lone senior, Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.), on the Knapp Center court. Drake (18-8, 11-4 MVC) snapped a two-game losing streak with a big win over Loyola, 91-61, Friday night as the Bulldogs scored more than 90 points for the sixth time this season. All nine Bulldogs scored at least three points as the team was paced by junior Lizzy Wendell’s (Blue Springs, Mo.) game-high 27 points. Drake handed out 25 assists on 32 field goals, led by junior point guard Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) game-high seven assists. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) just missed her second straight double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds in only 18 minutes. Donahue scored five points and matched her career high in rebounds with 10. Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) added eight points, including a key three-pointer midway through the first quarter that broke a 12-all tie. Greiner’s three along with eight-straight points from Dean was part of an 11-1 closing run to the opening period as the Bulldogs led the rest of the way to the victory. Donahue is the first student-athlete Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk has coached all four seasons since taking over the Bulldogs in April, 2012. Donahue played limited minutes her first three seasons with zero career starts, but started this year’s opener against Iowa State and has started every game since. This season she ranks second in the MVC in blocks with 50 and blocks average at 1.9 per game and is steadily climbing the career blocks list, currently with 80 to rank sixth all-time in program history. It’s been a special season for Donahue capped with being awarded the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor award earlier this week by the conference office. The award is given each sport season to 10 student-athletes who are in good academic standing and demonstrate good citizenship through sportsmanship and community service. Donahue is an excellent student with a 3.64 GPA in elementary education and is on track to graduate in December after student teaching during the fall semester. Bradley (8-19, 4-12 MVC) lost at UNI Friday night by a score of 65-41. Drake rallied to beat Bradley, 76-64, in Peoria, Ill. on Jan. 29. The Braves are led in scoring by Anneke Schlueter at 9.9 points per game. Drake closes the regular season with a two-game road trip next weekend with games at Evansville on March 3 at 7 p.m. and the season finale at Southern Illinois on March 5 at 2 p.m. Both games will broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rowing Travels To 2016 Lubbers Cup

first_imgFollowing the Lubbers Cup, Drake travels to Omaha, Neb., to race Creighton on April 16. GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The Drake University rowing team travels to the 2016 Lubbers Cup for its first official race of the spring season. The two-day regatta will be held April 9-10 on Spring Lake and features a strong field of collegiate programs led by the host, Grand Valley State. 2016 Lubbers Cup Tentative Drake Schedule Saturday Morning 1V 8:30 a.m.2V 10 a.m.4+ 11 a.m.Saturday Afternoon4+ 2:40 p.m.2V 3:35 p.m.1V 4:25 p.m.Sunday Morning1V 7:30 a.m.2V 8:30 a.m.4+ 10:35 a.m.  Print Friendly Version “Lubbers affords us lots of racing opportunities because its spread out throughout the day and not rushed,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “Its a very well-run regatta that always features tough competition. We are looking forward to it after a good couple weeks of practice. We locked in on technical parts and picked up speed in our lineups. Now its time to perform in the heat of a race and get the results.” Teams will race on a 2,000-meter buoyed course on Spring Lake with a round-robin schedule in the morning and afternoon on Saturday before a single session Sunday morning.last_img read more