350 Voter Registration Kits Arrive

first_imgAs voter registration for the upcoming presidential and representative elections begins early next year, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the arrival of 350 Voter Registration Kits (VRKs) into the country today. The VRKs, according to a release issued by the NEC, contain solar panels, cameras, and accessories. “These items were brought in from Europe through the auspices of the European Union (EU),” the release said.With the arrival of the kits, the NEC is at the verge of swinging into full gear to commence the electoral exercises. According to the NEC electoral timetable, the Civil Voter Education (CVE) will be officially launched on January 4, while the voter registration exercise begins on February 1 and runs until March 24.The voter registration consignment is part of the larger batch of 1,350 kits the EU has procured through funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The remaining consignment of 1,000 voter registration kits is expected early next year.The NEC said a portion of the kits that will arrive today will be used for the training of the estimated 8,320 registration staff that will commence the process early January.Next year’s elections have been termed by many as a very crucial exercise for the country as it will see for the first time a democratically elected government where the sitting president will be turning over the gavel of authority to another democratically elected government. The last time this happened was in 1944, when then outgoing President Edwin J. Barclay relinquished power to incoming President William V. S. Tubman.Many of the country’s development partners, such as the US, Sweden, UNDP, EU Norway and others, have, however, committed themselves to the 2017 elections to ensure that the country undergoes a smooth transition, stated the press release.United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has also come to the aid of the NEC’s logistical needs with a promise to provide 20 vehicles for the upcoming electoral process. In yesterday’s statement, the NEC also expressed gratitude to USAID for what it described as, “timely intervention in the logistical needs of the entity.”“We want to be grateful that USAID has promised to provide the NEC with 20 vehicles to assist with the pending VR exercise,” the release said.Meanwhile, the Government of Sweden and UNDP on Wednesday, December 14, signed an agreement to support the work of the NEC during the 2015-2018 electoral cycle (Election Project). The Swedish Government has also announced its commitment to contribute US$2.7 million to the National Elections Commission (NEC) through the UNDP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monrovia wins big

first_imgThe senior scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds in a spectacular and unexpectedly dominant 73-47 Wildcats win. “I don’t know what to say,” a somewhat stunned West said. “Coach told us before the game that we had to play our best, but this score is surprising.” From start to finish, Monrovia (18-4, 10-0) controlled the game. Leading 19-11 after La Ca ada’s Joy Lelo hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:30, led by Vanessa Hernandez. The Wildcats sophomore sharpshooter connected on six of her game-high 24 points during that period, draining two 3-pointers. “Vanessa was unbelievable,” Monrovia coach Michael Wagner said. “She started out so hot and didn’t miss for a while.” With West and teammate Jasmine Gordon causing havoc in the paint, Hernandez made the Spartans (16-10, 8-2) pay for leaving her open by connecting on 6 of 11 3-pointers. When La Ca ada did try to contain Hernandez, the Wildcats turned to another potent option, senior Krystyn Jacobs. The guard had little trouble breaking down her defenders and slashing to the basket as she finished with 15 points and six assists. Even when a Wildcat missed a shot, Monrovia dominated the boards, coming up with 14 offensive rebounds, six of which were hauled in by West. “We had an opportunity to take care of business last time at home and we didn’t do it,” La Ca ada coach Tamar Hill said. “Today was their senior night and they sure made it memorable – at least for themselves.” One of La Ca ada’s few bright spots was Lelo. The senior finished with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds. La Ca ada’s Emily Ballard was the only other Spartan in double digits with 11 points. The Wildcats’ victory was their third in a row over La Ca ada and fifth in the last seven meetings. La Ca ada’s 26-point defeat was its worst since an 89-61 loss to Ayala on Jan. 21, 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s when Monrovia High School girls basketball senior Shateah West took a seat on the bench in what was the center’s final regular- season home game. Although Thursday’s contest was another meeting between La Ca ada and Monrovia in their bitter rivalry for the Rio Hondo League crown, it was difficult to overlook West’s contributions. center_img • Slideshow: La Canada vs Monrovia MONROVIA- One of the evening’s loudest ovations came at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter. last_img read more