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FIND Cites Delay in Voters’ Education

first_imgThe Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has written a formal communication to Liberia’s development partners drawing their attention to what it calls the unwarranted delay in the conduct of the civic and voter education ahead of the 2017 presidential and legislative elections. In October this year, FIND issued a statement calling on all stakeholders including Liberia’s development partners to provide technical and financial support to national civil society institutions to begin early civic and voter education.FIND’s call was based on previous election observation reports, particularly the Carter Center 2011 Election Monitoring Report, which among other things highlighted late and inadequate voter education as one of the key contributing factors to the huge number of invalid votes, election violence, low voter registration and turnout, discrepancy in election results, double and underage voter registrations, misuse of state resources, and the use of excessive force by state security during the elections. FIND, while acknowledging the pivotal role the international community has played in helping Liberians to maintain the peace, encouraged the international community including the country’s development partners to continue providing resources and technical support to bolster citizens’ awareness and participation in the pending 2017 elections as a turning point for Liberia’s postwar democratic dispensation.“Moreover, the voter registration process is considered one of the critical aspects of the elections. Though the National Elections Commission (NEC) had announced that it would commence the civic and voter education on the voter registration process early this month, the Commission is yet to kick off this crucial component of the electoral process,” according to FIND.Against this backdrop, FIND underscored the urgent need for an early intensive civic and voter education on the voter registration, stressing that this cannot be overemphasized.“To this end, we call on the international community, regional bodies and International NGOs to provide technical and financial support to local and national civil society organizations for the successful holding of the 2017 elections. If adequate assistance is given to the local and international organizations, we believe, the 2017 Elections would achieve its desired results.“More precisely, the electorates, on the contrary, would be fully informed about their rights and responsibilities, which overall results would translate into a successful, peaceful, orderly and transparent elections come 2017, paving way for a new democratic dispensation in our country,” FIND said.FIND expressed the hope that its communication would be given consideration for the advancement of peace and stability in the country. FIND is one of Liberia’s most vocal human rights and pro-democracy organizations, established in 2003 with headquarters in Gbarnga, Bong County. Among other things, FIND’s works focus on the promotion of human rights, good governance and peace building as well as the promotion of the rule of law through advocacy and awareness campaigns.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gardaí probe criminal damage in Letterkenny estate

first_imgGardaí are investigating a criminal damage incident where the front window of a Letterkenny home was smashed in with a stone.The incident occurred between 11.30 am on the 2nd of June and 2 pm on the 3rd of June.If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact the Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Gardaí probe criminal damage in Letterkenny estate was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Travel Market a platform to promote SA: Minister Hanekom

first_img3 November 2014The World Travel Market (WTM) tourism trade expo taking place in London will afford South Africa an opportunity to build on its reputation as a unique, diverse friendly and accessible destination, according to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom is leading a delegation of provincial and local government tourism marketing authorities, tourism and travel product owners, travel service providers and representatives from South African Tourism to the annual tourism trade expo which runs from Monday, 3 November to Thursday, 7 November.“We will be promoting the variety of experiences we offer in South Africa, and build on our reputation as a unique, diverse, friendly and accessible destination,’ said Hanekom in a statement.WTM a platform for doing businessHanekom said the WTM is one of the premier events where South Africa engages with the global travel trade. He said besides maintaining excitement about South Africa, the tourism trade expo will provide a platform for doing business and growing international tourist arrivals to the country.“Our tourism sector has a strong base from which we can grow further. Since the advent of democracy 20 years ago, South Africa has recorded truly impressive growth in international tourist arrivals. Our challenge is to do even better. We want to grow the tourism industry in a way that creates more opportunities for all our people and is sustainable well into the future.’According to latest figures from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), international arrivals have surged by 300% since 1994 to reach nearly 15-million in 2013. In 2013 alone, South Africa welcomed a total of 9 616 964 tourists, up from the 9 188 368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period. The country also saw good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourist arrivals, in 2013. A total of 1 494 978 European tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 7.0% increase on the 1 396 978 European tourists who visited South Africa in 2012.World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ SummitBesides doing business and wooing visitors to South Africa, Hanekom will take part in a World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ Summit on Tuesday, 4 November. The summit brings together together tourism ministers and global industry leaders to explore international best practice.This year’s UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will take place under the theme “Tourism and Mega-Events: building a lasting legacy’, and will focus on the links between tourism and mega events, looking in particular into the following issues:How to measure the impact of mega events on tourism destinationsHow to ensure adequate infrastructure development and planningHow to translate the hosting of mega events into strong destination brandsHow to promote community engagement and invest in human capitaHow to promote environmentally sustainable eventsAt the summit, Hanekom will share lessons that South Africa has learnt from hosting mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup, and discuss ways of further leveraging the opportunities presented by business tourism and event-based tourism.On the evening of the first day of the summit, Hanekom will present the Ubuntu Awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to UK travellers.Hankom said the UK is more than just an important market for South Africa. With just under 500 000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, the market remains South Africa’s largest overseas source market. “Our UK trade partners must know that we are in this market to stay and that we will be working even harder and smarter to grow our market share,’ he said.World Travel MarketThe WTM houses 5 000 exhibitors from 186 countries and is one of the largest tourism trade platforms in the world. Annually, the tourism trade expo facilitates some R38-billion in industry deals and creates opportunities for the international travel and tourism trade to negotiate business deals, discuss issues that affect the sector and expand networks.This year, organisers expect to host over 50 000 product owners, tour operators and travel agencies, airlines, technology providers, government ministers, global industry leaders and international travel media during the course of the four-day event.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more