CDC Begins Election of Delegates for June 16 Primaries

first_imgPartial View Of Pictures Who Seek Reelection: Reps. Acarous Gray, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Solomon George and Munah YoungbloodBy Leroy M. Sonpon IIIThe Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has begun the election of 45 delegates from each of the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado County to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in its June 16 primaries.The delegates will include 10 persons, each representing zonal heads, youth and women’s league, and 15 persons from the district executive committee.At the CDC headquarters in Congo Town yesterday, the process started with the election of 45 delegates from electoral district #6.The chairman of the elections commission of the CDC’s 2017 primaries, Jefferson Koijee, said the process will end on Saturday, June 3.He announced that the election of delegates of electoral districts #2, 12, 11 and 13 would be done today, Thursday, June 1 at the district #12 CDC headquarters; on Friday, June 2, the delegates of electoral districts #17, 16, 14 and 15 will be chosen at the district #15 CDC headquarters; and the delegates of electoral districts #8, 9, 7 and 1 will be done at the CDC headquarters in Congo Town.Mr. Koijee stated that the election of the counties’ delegates will follow, while the primaries will kick-off on Friday, June 16, to elect candidates to run on the party’s or the coalition’s ticket.He said the election of the delegates through the ballot box is not only to promote “free, fair and transparent” primaries, but to dispel rumors that the young commissioners and CDC cannot produce “real aspirants who are chosen from the delegates.”Other members of the elections commission for the primaries are Ronald Mends-Cole, co-chairman; secretary general Hassan Newland; Edriss Bility, Mamansie Kaba, Mamansie Carr, and Lewis Wright, members.The remaining members are Emmett Reeves, ex-officio and Phil T. Dixon, resource person.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police corruption blatant in Region 2 – PCA hears

first_imgPolice Complaints Authority (PCA) Chairman, Retired Justice William Ramlall and a team of investigators on Tuesday met with the Mayor and Councillors of the Anna Regina Town Council, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) where they were briefed on the many corrupt practices within the Guyana Police Force in that Division.PCA Chairman, Retired Justice William RamlallJustice Ramlall told the officials that most of the reports received from residents in the Region were against the Traffic Department, the Police patrol and the middle management of the Force. On this note, he related that Region Two was topping the list for corrupt practices in the Guyana Police Force.As such, he promised to investigate all matters that were reported to the Authority. He encouraged all stakeholders to get on board, including the Regional Administration, the Town Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to speak out against Police corruption.Some of the main concerns raised were that traffic officers are harassing drivers by demanding bribes, and ranks were involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, and other illegal activities.Another concern that was raised related to the issuance of fitness certificates for vehicles. Drivers have complained that the issuance officer was deliberately failing vehicles in the inspection so that drivers are forced to bribe him to get the document.“The officer checking the engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator water, battery, jack, etc, just to fail you, then you have to pay up just to get three months even if you have a brand new vehicle, you have to go through the same harassment,” one driver told the PCA.Residents welcomed the PCA presence in the Region and were hopeful that it would be able to stamp out the lawlessness within the Police Division, ultimately bringing back trustworthiness to the Police Force.last_img read more

Trash and reality

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake That may sound obvious to everyone else, but in government where officials maintain such close relations with lobbyists, influence peddlers and campaign contributors, progress comes slowly. And to have a local government body finally own up to the fact that mountains of garbage, leaky gases and stinky fumes are detrimental to “the health, peace, comfort and welfare” of the surrounding community is a huge step, even if it is mostly symbolic. After all, by rejecting the consolidation, the county does little more than make BFI’s operations slightly more complicated. Two big dumps instead of a single giant one still produce all the same negative health and environmental effects. And that raises an obvious question: Now that local government is starting to come to terms with the need to stop dumping in our communities, what do we do instead? The solution, of course, is diversion – recycling more, shipping trash to dumps in the desert or converting energy to green power. But on these fronts, lip service is plentiful but action is lacking. For a case in point, look at the city of Los Angeles’ new, half-hearted attempt to bring recycling to its condominium and apartment dwellers, who, unlike those living in single-family homes, need not recycle. At last, local government in greater L.A. seems to be getting a glimmering of understanding of an obvious truth of modern existence: Garbage dumps and neighborhoods don’t mix. Now if only local officials would actually take decisive steps to end the environmental abomination. Last week, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission took a small step by rejecting trash giant Browning-Ferris Industries’ application to turn the two parts of Sunshine Canyon Landfill – which operate separately, one part within city limits, one on county land – into a single megadump with a sole purpose to enhance the company’s profitability. Breaking with a long-standing local-government tradition of ignoring the impact the dump has on the Granada Hills community, the commission ruled that neighbors would be harmed by a consolidated dump. As a commission memo put it: “The requested use at the proposed location will adversely affect the health, peace, comfort and welfare of persons residing and working in the surrounding area.” Last week, the city’s Board of Public Works finally backed a plan to start offering recycling to these residents, which is a welcome step. But the plan is wholly inadequate. For starters, it wouldn’t charge building owners for the “free” recycling service, but would take the money from fees paid by waste haulers – an apparent violation of the principle that fees should directly pay for a service obtained. The program would also be voluntary, meaning that millions of tons of trash would go unrecycled, and continue to end up in Sunshine Canyon. Worst of all, the program that won’t have any impact wouldn’t even take effect until 2008. The city is going to need to do a lot more to show it’s serious about not dumping in our communities. A good measure will be what officials decide to do with the various bids that have come in from trash haulers seeking to cart Los Angeles’ waste out to the desert. Now that we can all admit that urban dumping must stop, we need to work to make that happen.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more