‘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

Peaceful neighbourhood a priority for Pak says Imran

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has told US President Donald Trump that normal ties with India would be beneficial for both the countries, asserting that a “peaceful neighbourhood” was a priority of his foreign policy, according to officials here. The meeting between Prime Minister Khan and President Trump at the White House on Monday was the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since 2015, according to the Foreign Office (FO). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USKhan, who is on a three-day visit to the US, underlined in his talks with Trump that “Pakistan would continue to pursue dialogue and diplomacy to resolve longstanding disputes, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said. He said that a “peaceful neighbourhood” was a priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy, it said. Peace and stability in the region would allow Pakistan to harness its rich human resource potential to generate growth and spur regional connectivity, the FO said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The Prime Minister said Pakistan was convinced that normalisation of relations with India would be mutually beneficial for the two countries,” the FO said. President Trump also “expressed his readiness to play a facilitating role in resolution of the Kashmir dispute”. The two leaders held comprehensive discussions with a focus on building a broad-based and enduring partnership between Pakistan and the US and strengthening cooperation between the two countries to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia. They reviewed progress of the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. “Prime Minister Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continue to support the process in good faith. He added that pursuing the process was a shared responsibility,” the FO said. Pakistan’s delegation included Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed. The President accepted Khan’s invitation to visit Pakistan, the FO added. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s media on Tuesday gave prominent coverage to Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir. The readiness to intervene on the Kashmir issue was given prominent coverage, with newspapers splashing it on the front pages. Dawn newspaper reported that the US President offered to mediate the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. “Trump offers mediation on Kashmir at Modi’s request” was its front page headline. The Express Tribune in its headline stated that Trump “offered to mediate on the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, a move that would signal a shift in long-standing US policy that the issue must be solved bilaterally”. The News International reported that “in a pleasant departure from his past stance, US President Donald Trump said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted him to mediate on the Kashmir issue”. The Nation also based its main news on Kashmir mediation offer by Trump.last_img read more