ECONEC Advocates Structured Engagements between GEC, Other Political Stakeholders

first_imgECONEC delegation with ECOWAS Spec Rep in Guinea Amb Alapini & development partnersIn continuation of its electoral mid-term follow-up Mission to Guinea, the ECONEC delegation led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu met on Monday, 11 June, with the ECOWAS Special Representative in the country Ambassador Liliane Alapini, representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and development partners, according to a press release.At the talks with the interlocutors including representatives of the EU, USAID (United States Agency for International Development), US, German and Japanese embassies, the American National Democratic Institute (NDI), Guinea’s Independent Electoral Commission, CENI, and three CSOs, Cellule Balai Citoyen, PCUD and CNOSCG, Prof. Yakubu, ECONEC governing board President and Chair of Nigeria’s Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), called for sustained political dialogue, effective communication and structured engagements between CENI and Guinea’s other political stakeholders including development partners.Ambassador Alapini commended ECONEC for working hand in hand with the ECOWAS Commission towards deepening democracy in the region by supporting credible and peaceful polls.On the agenda of the consultations were issues from the disputed results of Guinea’s last February’s municipal elections and areas of further support by ECOWAS, ECONEC, and development partners.Also discussed was the implementation of recommendations of ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) to Guinea’s 2015 presidential poll and those in the October 2016 Political Accord, including the restructuring of CENI and other legal and political reforms ahead of the country’s 2019 parliamentary vote and the 2020 presidential election.Prof. Yakubu said that structured engagements would enable the articulation of needs, political inclusive and focus support on the entrenchment of best practices in the electoral process that will contribute to sustained credible elections and consolidation of democracy in the country.The development partners and CSOs’ representatives had harped on the need for the implementation of the recommendations of the ECOWAS EOM’s in the aftermath of the 2015 presidential vote and those contained in the 2016 Political Accord signed by the ruling and opposition parties with ECOWAS, UN, EU, Francophonie organization, and the US and French envoys as observers, the release concluded.Some of the recommendations include reform of CENI to make it more technical and professional, as well as legal and political reforms for a level playing field and sociopolitical climate.Prof. Yakubu pledged that the Mission will reflect in its report to the relevant authorities, areas of support to address the identified needs and strengthen the capacity of CENI Guinea in line with ECONEC’s mandate to empower its members to deliver credible and peaceful elections and contribute to the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coroner analyzes torso found on street

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was the second time in about a month that human remains were found in Pico Rivera. On Sept. 7, the body of a woman, later identified as 60-year-old Barbara Rogers of Lakewood, was found on the side of the San Gabriel River, a few miles north of where Friday’s body parts were discovered. However, homicide investigators on Monday ruled out any connections between the two slayings. “At this point, investigators don’t have any information that leads them to believe they are connected,” said sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butao. “The first body that was found was the full body and in this case it was body parts that have not yet been identified.” Lexington-Gallatin Road resident Joey Vargas said Monday that he and some of his friends, who arrived at Vargas’ home to go out for the night, discovered the remains at about 10 p.m. Friday. As two of his friends drove up to front of Vargas’ home, they ran over one of the bags. They then got out to see what it was, said Vargas. “At first we weren’t sure if it was real because the legs looked so small,” he said. “But then we realized there was a human foot with nail polish on it, and the legs were actually bent in half and smashed.” PICO RIVERA — Coroner’s officials Monday were investigating whether a torso of a woman found Monday in a dumpster in Los Angeles is related to the discovery of body parts found on a Pico Rivera street this past weekend. The torso was found at about 12:40 p.m. at 140 N. Avenue 19 in Los Angeles, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Officials were preparing Monday evening to examine the body part, he added. “We are thinking it’s probably the torso” belonging to body parts of a woman found Friday night on Lexington-Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera, he said. “We are waiting for it to be brought in for examination.” The remains found Friday had been placed in black plastic bags that had been triple-wrapped. One bag contained two legs, the other contained a head and arms. When the group realized there was another bag nearby, Vargas ran into his home and his mother called 9-1-1, he said. Lexington-Gallatin Road residents placed candles and flowers where the remains were found. “It’s an awful, eerie feeling to know that someone came and dropped that off here and no one saw or heard anything,” said Debbie Nerio. “I hope they find who did it.” Vargas and Nerio said they noticed the bags on the street on Wednesday, but thought they were trash. “The street is very dark and people park on it all the time and leave behind beer bottles and other stuff,” said Nerio. “So we just thought it was something like that, just trash.” City officials described the find as shocking. “It is beyond disgusting and to me it seems like a callous disregard for life,” said City Councilman Ron Beilke. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more