DP Petitions Parliament to Stay Vetting of New Uganda EC

[Independent (Kampala)] The opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday petitioned the Speaker and Leader of Opposition, asking parliament to stay the vetting of newly nominated members of the Electoral Commission.

[Independent (Kampala)] The opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday petitioned the Speaker and Leader of Opposition, asking parliament to stay the vetting of newly nominated members of the Electoral Commission.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Suspected Sex Offenders in Court

[Namibian] TWO alleged sex offenders have appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court, with one being a local psychiatrist who is accused of drugging and raping a patient, and the other a 59-year-old resident who allegedly paid minors to perform sexu…

[Namibian] TWO alleged sex offenders have appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court, with one being a local psychiatrist who is accused of drugging and raping a patient, and the other a 59-year-old resident who allegedly paid minors to perform sexual acts with him.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Eight Months Later, We Hate to Say We Told You So

[The Herald] IN March this year, The Herald issued a chilling warning that the whistleblower ZIFA were banking on in their crackdown on the Limpopogate match-fixing scandal was a questionable character with a shadowy past whose evidence needed to be tr…

[The Herald] IN March this year, The Herald issued a chilling warning that the whistleblower ZIFA were banking on in their crackdown on the Limpopogate match-fixing scandal was a questionable character with a shadowy past whose evidence needed to be treated with caution. Although the Association had not named their star witness, in the infancy of that investigation, this newspaper was informed about his identity and we became the first publication to reveal his name.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Farmers to Compare Notes With Value Chain Actors

[New Times] The Private Sector Federation (PSF), through the chamber of Agriculture and Livestock, has organised ‘Accountability Day’ to provide a platform to discuss future feeding challenges, climate change and modern technologies.

[New Times] The Private Sector Federation (PSF), through the chamber of Agriculture and Livestock, has organised 'Accountability Day' to provide a platform to discuss future feeding challenges, climate change and modern technologies.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

224 Firms Submit Bids for 2017 Crude Term Contracts

[This Day] The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday disclosed that 224 companies have submitted bids to lift its crude oil over the next 12 calendar months, starting from February 2017.

[This Day] The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday disclosed that 224 companies have submitted bids to lift its crude oil over the next 12 calendar months, starting from February 2017.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Support Community Policing, or Criminals Will Rule Our Land

[Namibian] “SOMETHING needs to be done. I don’t know what, but something needs to be done to stop the loss of precious lives.” That was the plea of Jacxon Kamwangha, a deputy commissioner in the Namibian Police.

[Namibian] "SOMETHING needs to be done. I don't know what, but something needs to be done to stop the loss of precious lives." That was the plea of Jacxon Kamwangha, a deputy commissioner in the Namibian Police.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Chipenzi Praises Judiciary For Speedy Petition Judgments

An electoral expert McDonald Chipenzi has praised the judiciary for the expeditious conclusion of petition cases involving parliamentary elections held in August. BELOW IS CHIPENZI’S CONTRIBUTION PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV 25, 2016 Despite some electoral petition judgement being … Continued

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An electoral expert McDonald Chipenzi has praised the judiciary for the expeditious conclusion of petition cases involving parliamentary elections held in August. BELOW IS CHIPENZI’S CONTRIBUTION PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV 25, 2016 Despite some electoral petition judgement being delivered are far from being unsatisfactory, it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the speedy at which this year’s electoral petitions at parliamentary and local government levels have been disposed off by the courts. This, indeed, is a great stride towards meeting the provisions of Article 45 of the amended constitution which dictates for a “timely resolution of electoral disputes†and further help resolve the long standing problem of delayed dispensation of electoral justice in the country which characterized the electoral process over the yesteryears. In this regard and following the spate of nullifications of petitioned parliamentary and mayor/council chairperson seats by the courts, it is important to clear public misconceptions currently circulating that the runner-up candidates during the August 11, 2016 General Elections in the effected constituency automatically take over. Since the country did not change its Electoral System to that of a Proportional Representation (PR) System at parliamentary and local government level during the amendment of the constitution but maintained the First Past The Post (FPTP) system which demands that all vacancies created in any elective position can only be filled up through a by-election, it is worth stating that by-elections are unavoidable evil which are here to stay with us until the electoral system is changed. This is supported by the provisions of the electoral Act and the Constitution respectively especially Articles 57 and 72 of the amended constitution which guides that all vacancies created in elective positions must be filled through by-elections which must be held within 90 days except when the 90 day period falls within the 180 day period to the General Elections. But if the 90 day period falls within the 180 days electoral buffer zone preceding (before) a general election as prescribed under sub clause 2 of Article 57, there will be no by-election. The only situation where a by-election is avoided is when there is recount after the electoral officers declared a wrong person or indeed when there is an expulsion and the expelled elected leaders seek the court’s intervention. Accordingly Article 72 guides that once the court dismisses the reasons for the expulsion, the elected leader concerned has a choice to either remain in the party or transform her/himself into an Independent MP. In addition, a by-election has been avoided at the presidential level where, once a vacancy is created in the office of the president, the vice-president takes over and appoints another vice-president who takes oath after ratification by the National Assembly of Zambia. In the meantime, if the affected MPs namely in Munali, Lusaka Central, Itezhi-Itezhi and Nalolo have appealed to the Constitutional Court, they remain in Parliament and in their Ministerial positions until the court process is finally determined by the constitutional Court. In a related development, unless the Registrar of the High Court, as guided by the Electoral Process Act, speedily sends the reports to the ECZ and Director of Public Prosecution for possible recommendation for the prosecution of the mentioned culprits in the High Court reports, and they are later convicted or indeed in an appeal, the constitutional Court disqualifies them, the affected persons whose seats have been nullified are free to re-contest their seats in a by-election The biggest question, however, is whether the government has the resources to support and sustain the holding of by-elections under a very sick economy whose recovery has not even started. Also is to ask government as to how much has been allocated for the by-elections in this year’s budget because the country is likely to have a number of them especially during the implementation of the 2017 budget. it is believed that there were a total of 136 electoral petitions with 4 parliamentary nullifications, about 4 mayoral/chairpersons), close to about 40 seats upheld by the courts, 57 withdrawals, 3 reversals at ward level after a recount, less than 30 pending judgments and 11 not served on the commission as at Nov 24, 2016. McDonald Chipenzi Electoral Expert The post Chipenzi Praises Judiciary For Speedy Petition Judgments appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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