Protect my right to vote

first_imgDear Editor,In Saturday’s edition of the Stabroek News, I observed an article that deeply troubled me to my core: “AG appeals CJ’s ruling on existing registrants.” I am by no means any legal expert, but please allow me to explain why, if the Attorney General’s appeal is successful, my democratic right would then be deeply violated.After Chief Justice Roxane George ruled, the AG claimed success; now he is attempting to partially appeal the ruling. He is challenging her declaration that existing registrants cannot be removed from the database. The AG is attempting to get a ruling that allows GECOM to scrap the database that had been in existence for over a decade and used it multiple elections (without a complaint from any political parties).From my understanding, he is trying to impose residency as a requirement to be registered. At the time of my registration, I was residing in Guyana. Anyone registering would have been residing, or physically present, in the country, as that is how one would go to GECOM and register. It seems as if the AG is also trying to impose this as a right to be on the database. So every time one exits Guyana, GECOM will delete them. In that case, GECOM should set up shop at the airport; when we leave, delete; and register us back when we land.The law itself doesn’t seem to support these claims. In Article 159 (qualification and disqualification for electors) of the Guyana Constitution, section 2 deals with how one qualifies, (a) states a citizen of Guyana and (c) “satisfies such other qualifications as may be prescribed by or under any law.” The AG is attempting to force the court to legislate residency into my right to vote.I would like to point out that in the Constitution of Guyana, there is a section (31) that speaks to the protection of citizens’ rights abroad. “It is the duty of the State to protect the just rights and interests of citizens’ resident abroad.” Isn’t my right to vote something worth protecting?The Chief Justice said: “The right to register to vote and the right to vote are sacrosanct and fundamental. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Guyana has acceded, establishes the right to vote as a matter of international human rights law, and provides that every citizen has a right to vote.”ICCPR was adopted and opened for signature, ratification, and accession by the General Assembly (resolution 2200A(XXI)) on December 16th, 1966. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights has the right to vote under Article 25.I have combed through the Constitution of Guyana, the Peoples Representation Act, and the National Registration Act, and editor, I am still trying to see how the Attorney General can rationally think to delete the database is in our law books.I hope the Appellate Court protects my right to vote and uphold the Chief Justice’s ruling.Respectfully,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

Stella Maris Polytechnic Graduates 500

first_imgSister Mary Laurene Browne, President, Stella Maris PolytechnicStella Maris Polytechnic (SMP), owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, on Friday, August 21, hosted an elaborate 19th Commencement Convocation for 500 students who completed their respective courses of studies in various disciplines over the last four years.SMP, formerly Don Bosco Polytechnic, received its charter from the Legislature on August 15, 1988. With the change of name to SMP, a bill to amend the charter was presented to the National Transitional Legislative Assembly and approved on November 18, 2005.Situated on the main campus on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, where the institution has constructed one of the largest and privately-owned auditoriums, the Polytechnic boasts of five colleges, including the Arthur Barclay Business College, Bishop John Collins Teachers College, Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Monsignor Stephen Kyne Technical College, and the Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College.Members of the 2018 Stella Maris graduating classSome of the graduates listen to Sister Mary Laurene Browne as she confers degrees on them.Of the number of graduates, 20 obtained Masters of Science degree in Nursing Education (MSNED), 79 in Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Medical Laboratory Technology, Biology and Health Sciences, and Bachelor for Social Work (BSW); 59 in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Arthur Barclay Business College, and BSc in Economics; 40 obtained BSc from Monsignor Stephen Kyne Technical College; 15 (BSc) in Elementary Education; 12 (BSc), Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College, while 91 others obtained Associate of Arts (AA) degree in various academic disciplines.Of the 20 that obtained Masters Degree, five of them graduated with distinction. They are Audrey P. Taire, Magna Cum Laude, Yei Leyah-Zeantoe, Magna Cum Laude, Blossom Y. Hodges, Cum Laude, Peter S. Wainpa, Cum Laude and Rebecca M. Galary, Cum Laude.One captivating scene that made the audience, including parents, guidance and well-wishers to give standing ovation, was the moment Sister Mary Laurene Browne, SMP President, announced Mr. Jallah McGill as one person that had obtained an Associate of Science degree (A.Sc) in general agriculture, while his daughter, Venus W. McGill, also graduated with Bsc from the Monsignor John Ogé Agriculture College. They were both called to face the audience while everyone applauded.Sister Mary Laurene Browne, using McGill’s example, urged other parents to consider learning as something that is “never too late.” Her admonition was greeted with rounds of applause from the audience, some of whom hailed Mr. McGill for his steadfastness in advancing himself along with his daughter, Venus.The commencement’s speaker, former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, cautioned the graduates to always advance themselves in education, “because education is indeed the enabling tool for continued development and fair distribution of national wealth.”“Unless such distribution is in the hands of distributors who have the thought of country, the love of country, and are committed to building country, I am afraid the fair distribution process can become a source of serious disappointment for young graduates who want to serve their country,” Mr. Boakai said to the delight of the graduates.Friday’s ceremony was attended by high-profile individuals, among them Chancellor of the Polytechnic, His Grace, Most Reverend Lewis Jerome Zeigler, Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia, Reverend Father Doctor Patrick Kabba, Chairperson, SMP Board of Trustees, Dr. Franklin T. Dalieh, Sr., Vice President for Administration and Mr. Karney Johnson, elder brother of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rangers eye 26-year-old defender as move for No.1 target stalls

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Gerrard has already added two centre-backs to Rangers’ squad this summer, bringing in Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson on permanent deals.Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, full-back Jon Flanagan, midfielders Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria and Lassana Coulibaly, and forward Umar Sadiq have also been brought to Ibrox in what has been a busy summer for the Glasgow club. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST moving on Nonetheless, manager Steven Gerrard is considering alternative options should Millwall refuse to sell Cooper, with the Scottish Sun saying Curtis Tilt is a target.Tilt, 26, currently plays for Blackpool, having moved to the League One side from Wrexham last summer. He made 42 league appearances in total throughout 2017/18, helping Blackpool to a 12th-place finish.Championship side Ipswich are also interested in Tilt, and they’ve had a £550,000 bid for him knocked back by Blackpool, as the Bloomfield Road club want at least £1m for the stopper. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tilt joined Blackpool this time last year targets center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Rangers are keeping tabs on Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt as a move for Jake Cooper stalls.Millwall centre-half Cooper has been the subject of two bids from Rangers, which have both been rejected. The Gers are expected to submit a third offer, totalling more than £3million, by the end of this week. LIVING THE DREAM three-way race TOP WORK 1 RANKED Latest transfer news targets IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more