Of Liberia’s 4.5 million citizens, the National Elections Commission says it expects to register 2.5 million as eligible voters.“This figure is based on the Liberia Statistics and Geo-information Services’ (LISGIS) population projections; and to achieve this target, the Commission has trained and deployed 438 civic educators and 219 gender-mobilizers across the country,” NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah said. Serving as the ‘launcher’ of the civic education and voter registration, Cllr. Korkoyah said NEC will disseminate civic education messages based on a standardized toolkit developed by the Commission. He said as the Commission prepares to undertake this monumental task, it is appreciative of Government’s support and the partnership of the international community through UNDP, the European Union, USAID, friendly governments as well as every organization closely engaged in enhancing the tenets of democracy globally.“Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity but it is a holistic political, administrative, and practical process,” Cllr. Korkoyah said. “This is why the role of voter registration is especially important when it comes to emerging democracies.”He said the quality of the process and the product, which is the voter’s roll, can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in a country. Cllr. Korkoyah also stated that trust in democracy is promoted when the voter registration process is open and transparent and allows for the participation of all electoral stakeholders, mainly political parties, CSOs, the media, security forces, the international community and all potential voters.“Moreover, when the outcome of an election is readily accepted by both the winners and the losers, then the implication is that the major instrument upon which the election was conducted is fair, reliable, and credible. And that instrument is obviously the voter registration,” Cllr. Korkoyah said.“As we launch the voter education awareness for the 2017 voter registration exercise, let every citizen charge him or herself with the difficult responsibility to encourage others to participate in order to hit the bar of 2.5 million registrants.” Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia, Madam Lou A.D. Clark of Liberty Party said as the voter registration process is key to any election, everyone should take it as a personal responsibility to not only learn and conceal but share with others the importance of becoming part of the process.Madam Clark meanwhile called on NEC to closely work with all political parties in order to ensure that women’s participation – not only as voters, but as aspirants – reaches the 30 percent benchmark they are seeking in the country.“Our call is for us to realize the fulfillment of what our Constitution says: equal opportunity for all,” she said.For his part, Rep. Gabriel Buchanan Smith said the National Legislature and the House of Representatives’ Committee on Elections will continue to work with NEC in all its activities leading to 2017 representative and presidential elections.Rep. Smith meanwhile said the ‘Threshold Bill’ calling for the increment of electoral seats for women by constituency demarcation cannot be passed into law now on grounds that the national census, having been conducted in 2008, will only be done again in 2018, at which time elections would have long been be over.‘’We all have followed the recent elections in Ghana, The Gambia as well as the United States in which incumbency was not the matter but the will of the people in each of those countries,’’ Smith pointed out.The ceremonies during the launch included a parade along the main street from Sinkor to the Monrovia City Hall, featuring cultural and drama performances, songs and speeches in the NEC’s James Fromoyan Conference Hall by representatives of Community Based Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Coalition of Political Parties Women, Faith Based Organizations, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Lucas Moura’s hat-trick fired Tottenham to their first Champions League final © ANP/AFP / Koen van WeelAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 9 – Tottenham staged an incredible fightback to reach their first Champions League final with an astonishing 3-2 win over Ajax in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Johan Cruyff Arena clash: Lucas writes his name in Spurs’ historyWhen Lucas Moura played kick-about with his one-year-old son on the pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after his hat-trick against Huddersfield in April, it seemed the Brazilian forward’s season had reached its high point.But the 26-year-old’s treble in that low-key 4-0 win was just the start of a remarkable end to the season for the unsung hero whose incredible hat-trick broke Ajax hearts.Unwanted by Paris Saint Germain, who sold him to Tottenham in January 2018, Lucas was a bit-part player for much of his first season in north London.In a testimony to his strength of character, he refused to be marginalised again this term and quickly proved his worth with a brace in Tottenham’s win at Manchester United in August.By the time injury sidelined Harry Kane in the Champions League quarter-finals, Lucas was primed and ready to seize his chance.However, even Lucas would have been forgiven more pinching himself if he had learned how his trip to Amsterdam would turn out.With Tottenham two down on the night and three goals behind on aggregate, all looked lost.But Dele Alli’s clever turn and pass into the area sent Lucas sprinting through for a cool finish past Andre Onana to give Tottenham an unexpected lifeline in the 55th minute.Four minutes later they punished more nervous defending from Ajax to strike again as Lucas spun around to drive into the corner after Fernando Llorente’s close-range effort was pushed out by Onana.It was Lucas’s fourth goal in the competition this season, his latest priceless contribution coming after he also scored the late equaliser in Barcelona that ensured their progress from the group stage.And with just seconds left in Tottenham’s semi-final escape bid, he pounced on Alli’s pass to drill a fierce winner into the far corner.Alongside Danny Blanchflower, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Ricky Villa, Lucas will now forever be enshrined as a Tottenham legend.Confident Ajax pay the priceAjax’s Dutch defender Joel Veltman reacts after their stunning loss to Tottenham © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDWith just 45 minutes standing between Ajax and their first Champions League final since 1996, the Dutch club were engulfed by a fatal wave of arrogance.As the half-time whistle blew, Ajax players, including Hakim Ziyech, could be seen grinning from ear to ear as they contemplated their surely inevitable progress to the Madrid showpiece.They were leading by three goals on aggregate after scoring twice in the first half to leave Tottenham on the brink.Such was the confidence pumping through the raucous arena that before the second half began, the entire crowd, including Ajax great Patrick Kluivert, engaged in a mass singalong to Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’.The chant continued into the opening seconds of the half, but that rock-solid belief was quickly shattered as Lucas struck twice in a matter of minutes to send shock-waves through the Ajax team and their now less boisterous supporters.The panic was palpable and Ajax couldn’t recover as waves of Tottenham attacks culminated in Lucas’s dramatic winner.It was a bitter end to a breakthrough campaign for Ajax’s young guns, who had beaten Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the last four.Pochettino’s dream comes trueMauricio Pochettino celebrates Tottenham’s remarkable victory at Ajax © AFP / Adrian DENNISSpeaking on the eve of the second leg, Mauricio Pochettino uttered a prediction that will rank among the most prescient in Tottenham’s history.Asked if his side would go for broke right from the start as they tried to overturn that one-goal deficit, the Tottenham manager replied: “We could win it in the first minute or the last minute.”Pochettino’s gambit was spot on as Lucas’s stoppage-time strike fired Tottenham through to an all-Premier League final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.It was a tour de force for the emotional Pochettino, who turned the game in Tottenham’s favour by sending on Spanish striker Fernando Llorente at half-time.The Argentine wept uncontrollably at the final whistle as Tottenham celebrated becoming only the second team to reach the final after losing the first leg at home.Tottenham’s first European final since they won the 1984 UEFA Cup also offers Pochettino a chance to win his first trophy as a manager.Pochettino made the staggering admission this week that he would consider quitting if Tottenham were to lift the Champions League.Surely Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wouldn’t let him get anywhere near the exit door after this miraculous triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 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Arsenal v TottenhamLeicester/Southampton v Manchester City/FulhamMiddlesbrough v BurtonChelsea v Bournemouth They will meet at the Emirates in the week commencing December 17, just over two weeks after their Premier League battle at the same venue.It will be a tie that both sides might have been keen to avoid as they both aim to get their hands on silverware.Unai Emery is looking to get his Gunners tenure off to the best possible start while Mauricio Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy at Spurs.The two rivals last met in this competition in 2015, when Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners.Chelsea’s reward for seeing off Derby, managed by one of their most decorated players Frank Lampard, is a home tie with Bournemouth.Carabao Cup round-up: Son-inspired Spurs see off West Ham, Lampard loses on Chelsea returnMiddlesbrough beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and were handed a home game with League One Burton and a significant chance of progressing to the semi-final.Reigning champions Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday and the winner will face either Leicester or Southampton.That game was due to be played on Tuesday, but was postponed following the tragic death of Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday. Carabao Cup quarter-final draw 1 Fans will be treated to two north London derbies in December Asenal and Tottenham have been drawn against each other in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.The north London rivals were paired in Wednesday night’s draw following their respective fourth-round wins over Blackpool and West Ham.