The Supreme Court Finally Gives the Green Light

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia has finally given its verdict on whether or not the nation should hold the special senatorial election.  The Court agreed, in a vote of three to two, that the elections should proceed.The petitioners, who asked the Court to postpone the special elections, argued that holding this election could lead to further Ebola viral transmission and threaten the people’s lives.  But in its ruling last Friday, the Court said the Ebola issue is a political one, to be decided by the first two branches of government—the Legislative and Executive.  The High Court has said exactly what the Daily Observer argued in its Editorial last Monday, December 8: “We pray that the court will find a way to mitigate (ease) the tension, by first realizing that the elections have been approved by the two other branches of government [Legislative and Executive]; and by suggesting ways in which the threat of viral transmission can be minimized.”In its ruling, the Supreme Court reminded the petitioners that the Liberian Constitution allows for the “separation of powers” between the three branches of government,” with each having its separate and distinct functions.  It is purely judicial matters that have been reserved for the Judiciary, and these are matters upon which the two other branches dare not encroach.  By the same token, matters political are the exclusive preserve of the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Chief Justice Korkpor and his colleagues on the bench agreed that Ebola and all the constraints and restraints that go with it are purely political, and belong to the two political branches of the Liberian government—not the Judiciary.We think it is commendable that the eminent citizens and their fellow petitioners had the courage and commitment to the safety of their fellow Liberians to try the strength of their conviction at the highest judicial level, the full bench of the Supreme Court.  This was perfectly within their constitutional rights to do.Now that the High Court has ruled that the elections may go ahead, the ball is back in the court of the Legislature and the Executive, and most particularly its electoral arm, the National Elections Commission (NEC).It is the nation’s good fortune that the President has requested, and the Legislature has consented, that they remain in session for at least another week to handle matters relating to oil blocks which have been recently negotiated.  Once the Legislators return to the Capitol today (Monday), the  President, through her  emissaries, NEC Chair Jerome  Korkoyah included, should approach the Legislature and together come up with and agree on some guidelines on how the risk of viral transmission can be MINIMIZED as Liberians participate in the electoral process.We believe that massive campaigns are definitely out of the question.  NEC should in no uncertain terms tell the political parties and senatorial candidates that massive street demonstrations, parades and    rallies and threaten the health of the nation.  Two primary considerations must be   stressed here: first, Ebola is real, it kills and is very easy to   spread, especially through close personal contact. Second, the international community has so far spent billions of dollars helping us to contain and eradicate the virus from our shores.  This massive effort and expenditure of human and financial resources to fight the deadly Ebola virus must not be jeopardized for any non-life threatening reason, politics included.As we proceed with these elections on December 20, it is imperative that we help ourselves by doing everything possible to restrain the virus, especially preventing bodily contact which is highly unavoidable during mass rallies such as we witnessed recently. The Legislature and Executive can and must show the way forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FANS WARNED THAT PICKPOCKETS ARE FOLLOWING GAA FANS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgGAA fans across Donegal have been warned that criminal gangs are targeting empty homes and parked cars during the All-Ireland celebrations.Jim McGuinness and his victorious team yesterday began a tour of the county with the Sam Maguire Cup.The celebrations are expected to last days as the team tour all parts of Donegal. The team will today visit Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Killybegs, Ardara, Glenswilly and Letterkenny.Huge crowds turned out to see the team with up to 20,000 packing into The Diamond in Donegal Town for the official homecoming on Monday night. But Donegal’s Garda Crime Prevention officer Paul Wallace has warned fans that pickpockets are operating when crowds gather.He said they have specific Garda intelligence that gangs have moved into the North-West for a number of days to prey on revelers.Sgt Wallace warned “Pickpockets will move and mingle amongst the crowds and will target wallets, purses, handbags and phones. “We are also asking people who are parking cars outside towns and walking into town centres not to leave valuables on show in cars,” he said.Sgt Wallace also asked people to keep an eye on small children in large crowds. FANS WARNED THAT PICKPOCKETS ARE FOLLOWING GAA FANS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardaipickpocketslast_img read more