‘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

Harmon appointed Director General of Ministry of the Presidency

first_imgPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday announced that former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has been appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonThe announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s address at the National Communications Network (NCN) Linden Complex at the Government outreach to the mining town.Minister Harmon, a dual citizen, resigned as a minister and Member of Parliament (MP) effective April 25. He was replaced as an MP by Mervyn Williams. Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; former Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin and former Minister of Public Service, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine also resigned as a result of being deemed dual citizens by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George in a court ruling.Gaskin and Dr Roopnaraine were replaced by Haimraj Rajkumar and Tabitha Saraboo-Halley respectively.Prime Minister Nagamootoo was delivering the feature address at the hand-over ceremony of the NCN Linden assets to the Linden Broadcasting Network (LBN).Director General Harmon attended the Cabinet meeting earlier in the day at the invitation of President David Granger where his new portfolio was formally announced to Cabinet.last_img read more