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

My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí

first_imgDonegal school teacher Seosamh MacCeallabhuí led Donegal GAA side Red Hughs in October to their first Ulster Junior Championship after an incredible season. Following Red Hughs success over Junior football in the county, MacCeallabhuí guided his side to Ulster JFC success over Derry outfit Limavady Wolfhounds.Now as Gaoth Dobhair aims for All-Ireland Senior success in the new year, Red Hughs will start their Junior All-Ireland semi-final task in January against Sligo-based side Easkey. MacCeallabhuí is also a keen fan of music.My Donegal… with Seosamh MacCeallabhuí (1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Got to be Baile na Finne with Portnoo a close second (2 ) How do you like to spend Christmas in the county?Susie Maitis Jeaic Maighread and Grandad (in charge of the remote after an enormous dinner)(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?As time moves on it has to be your parents, my father at this stage. Having family myself, now you understand they always have your back.(4) What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Top of Achla on a fine day is a beautiful place as is Sliabh League. But there are so many under-resourced places like Ramelton.(5) Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters? Good summer’s day anywhere in Donegal is hard to beat. Our snow is too wet and you can’t ski!(6) What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal?A good football game followed by analysis in the Brewery.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Susie’s homemade Christmas decorations, so many of them. Yard sale on the January 6!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?That has to be Joe Mc Hugh. What he has done for the Irish language alone. He now proudly speaks it as well as anyone. Also, Jim Mc Guinness and Paddy McDevitt, Donegal Boston GAA, Fintown’s greatest export.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?As a teacher, you don’t get to hear about all the great business people around but I do feel Mark Doherty in Century Cinemas and Backstage is always expanding and trying new things.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?That has got to be Micheal Murphy not just for his talent but the way he conducts himself on and off the field. Always has time for everyone. A true gentleman and a fine example to all the youth in the country.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Susie’s Kitchen or The Backstage if she’s feeling tired. Macs Mace for all things GAA and the Honeypot for Pancakes and Bacon.(12) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Good snow in the winter, so we might Ski down Achla and Erigal(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I travel a bit from time to time and the use of the word “wild” is a real source of amusement.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?A decent health service. We live on the edge of Europe and we are punished for it.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?My aunt Brid Wright used to scramble an egg in a cup with some other magic that remains a vivid memory for me to this day.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Complaining about traffic. I travel to Dublin now and again. Now that’s traffic. Hell on earth.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Now you’ve asked the right question! Having help promote Irish music in Donegal for years we were very privileged to bring the likes of Le Galaxie, Not Squares, The Wonder Villians, Persued by Dogs and Le Boom to Donegal. We were also well represented locally with the likes of Mojo Gogo who threatened to make it big for a while.At this point, I am watching the likes of Waldorf and Cannon, Slow place like home, Slow Skies and of course In Their Thousands, Donegal’s best band for years.Disturbance has been another very positive development in Donegal bringing some great live music to the area. It would be great to see the likes of Persued by Dogs and Le Boom play one of their events.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?A million euro won’t fix the health service apparently, but I’m sure it would be well spent organising A Glastonbury type event on the shores of Lough Finn with headliners The Foals, Wombats and We are Scientists. Martin Mc Kelvey to curate.(19) Manus Boyle or Michael Murphy?Answered above, nothing against Manus another great ambassador for the game.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Our remoteness lonely and proud “Na Bach linn”My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)Tags:GAAJim McGuinnessManus BoyleMichael Murphymount errigalMUSICRED HUGHS.Seosamh MacCeallabhuílast_img read more

Atletico Madrid hoping to beat Chelsea to signing of Sevilla winger

first_img1 Atletico Madrid are hoping to pip Chelsea to the signing of Vitolo by loaning him out to Las Palmas until January.Atletico and Chelsea are interested in the Sevilla winger this summer and they can sign him if they meet his £35m release-clause.However, Atletico’s pursuit of the Spaniard had looked unlikely given the fact they are banned by FIFA from registering new players until January.That means Vitolo would be unable to play for the Spanish side for the first half of the season and it is a situation that put Arsenal-bound Alexandre Lacazette off joining the club.But, Atletico are ready to get round the issue by instantly loaning Vitolo to Las Palmas until January.Las Palmas sporting director Toni Cruz, explained to reporters in Spain: “The president has come to an agreement so that if Vitolo does join Atletico de Madrid, he will join UD Las Palmas on loan until January.”Las Palmas are Vitolo’s boyhood club and he came through the ranks there before joining Sevilla in 2013.As a result, the 27-year-old is behind Atletico’s plan and has given it his full support. Reports claim Vitolo will be signing for Atletico Madrid this summer last_img read more