UN Security Council Applauds Liberians for Peaceful Elections

first_imgUN Security Council in session (Courtesy: UN/Evan Schneider).Commends use of legal mechanism for resolution of disputes; wants timely conclusion of electionsThe UN Security Council congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media, for the peaceful conduct of October 10 presidential and House of Representatives elections.In a release issued in New York, the members of the Security Council commended international partners and UNMIL for their support in elections preparation and applauded the role of international, regional, and domestic election observation missions for their contributions to the transparency of the electoral process.They also commended Liberia’s National Elections Commission’s conduct in an expeditious tallying process and timely announcement of results.The members of the Security Council commended the Government of Liberia, political parties, and the National Elections Commission for the use of established legal mechanisms to address complaints about the conduct of the October 10 election.They called on Liberian claimants and institutions to resolve any disputes, including pending litigation, in an appropriate, fair, transparent, and expeditious manner with a view to permitting the timely conclusion of Liberia’s electoral process and a peaceful transition of power to a new president in accordance with timelines outlined in Liberia’s Constitution.The members of the Security Council called upon leaders of all political parties to continue to refrain from incitement of followers toward any violent action.They noted the importance of a credible and peaceful second round presidential election and called upon Liberians to ensure the elections are free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women.The Security Council reiterated that the responsibility for the preparation, security, and conduct of free, fair and transparent elections rests with the Liberian authorities.They also reiterated their call for international partners to continue to support the Liberian authorities, including through the deployment of international electoral observers, with a view to ensuring the credibility of the second round of elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Better Success rice farmer dead after domestic spat

first_img– sister in custodyA day which started off with bright sunshine turned out to be a gloomy one for the Lawrie family of BetterDead: Maxton LawrieSuccess in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) as they are currently mourning the death of Maxton Lawrie, 30.Lawrie, a Better Success rice farmer lost his life during a family argument. Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the dead Lawrie came home around midnight August 24 2016, reportedly under the influence of alcohol and started to argue with his father Maxwell Lawrie. The argument escalated to where it is alleged that Lawrie cuffed his father’s right eye.After assaulting his father, he then reportedly rushed to his sister’s room armed with a knife and knocked on her door. The sister, Stephney Lawrie, opened her bedroom door and was confronted by her brother hurling expletives and remarks about her personal life – still armed with the knife.Lawrie allegedly tried to hurt his sister with the knife but she pushed him away and he reportedly fell on the knife.Lawrie suffered a stab wound to his right side lower abdomen. He was rushed by family to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.After the incident, several persons gathered on the scene. The dead man’s wife is currently four months pregnant. Information revealed that he was a habitual drinker and would usually misbehave with family.On numerous occasions reports were made at the Anna Regina Police station.Persons who converged on the scene related they heard loud screams emanating from the home. Upon inquires they saw a stab wound on the rice farmer’s body.Lawrie’s 24-year-old sister is presently in custody assisting with investigations. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more