17 Jan

Is GECOM intent on shifting the boundaries? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,It is known that some persons who are interested in seeing development in their communities and serious about getting their supporters on the voters list, are now calling for clarity. Hence, it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) circulate the lists according to the relevant constituencies with the correct boundary descriptions. Citizens must know the clear boundaries and make sure that their names are in the specific constituency.Last Local Government Elections (LGE), changes to the original configuration of the various Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) impacted results. It is observed that the Division #333122 in La Parfaite Harmonie/Two Brothers was made up of two Sub-Divisions that are #3332122A and #3332122B. These two Sub-Divisions form part of the Canals Polder NDC which is listed as comprising of Divisions: #333121, 333122, 333123, 333124, 333125, 333126 and 333127.However, in the list for LGEs in 2016, the Sub-Division #333121A was annexed on the GECOM list without any consultation with political parties, to the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC which was originally listed as comprising of Divisions #333241, 333242, 333243 and 333244. This Sub-Division #333122A was then used to create constituencies for the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC, and persons residing in this Sub-Division, casted their votes as part of the Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen NDC.A careful look at what took place is a revelation as persons in Division #333122 voted in two different NDCs. While persons in Division #333122A voted for Malgre Tout/Meer Zorgen and persons in Division #333122B voted for the Canals Polder NDC. We must therefore ask GECOM if that kind of voting was legal? Further, citizens are seriously concern with the original composition and are asking if the changes were official.More serious is the fact that the La-Grange/Nismes NDC is tasked with the responsibility for the removal of garbage in Sub-Division #333121A. These boundary issues will come to a head-on confrontation as they impact the choice of Councillors to represent the NDCs and communities. GECOM must do their job and resolve these issues now.Finally, one very important observation is that GECOM needs to establish markers on the ground which defines constituencies. This is essential as the demographics of many areas have changed due to development. An example can be noted in the description for Division 412235 as follow:Division 412235 (Sugar Cane Fields – Eccles Ramsburg):This Division extends from the common boundary between Eccles and Rome from the western boundary of Sugar Cane Field Number 3 in Eccles (North), to the common boundary between Eccles and Sage Pond, the common boundaries between Rome and Sage Pond, Rome and Profit, Rome and Henry, Rome and Perseverance to the centre line of Mocha Village Public Road and its western prolongation from the Lamaha Canal to the western boundary of Field Number 3 in Ramsburg, at its southern extremity, and from the Lamaha Canal at its western extremity to the western limits of Sugar Cane Cultivation in Fields Number 3 in Ramsburg 27 and 28 in Providence, 87 in Pater’s Hall, (South) 84E in Peter’s Hall (North) and 4 and 3 in Eccles South respectively at its western extremity.The questions are obvious because many of these names are no longer used and cane fields have become housing developed areas. Could GECOM actually establish for the benefit of the public the following?1. Where sage pond starts and ends now.2. Where field Number 3 & 4 starts and its extremity lie. And,3. What are the Geographical parameters for places called Profit and Henry?The resolve must be to make the process simple and transparent!!!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

3 Jan

Boost for Burnley as defender Duff has red card rescinded

first_img1 Burnley defender Michael Duff Burnley defender Michael Duff is free to play in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at Hull after the Football Association rescinded the red card he received against West Ham.The Clarets centre-back was sent off for tripping Cheikhou Kouyate in the penalty area during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Upton Park.Referee Jonathan Moss issued a straight red to Duff as he thought West Ham had been denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but there was cover for Burnley in the box.The FA confirmed in a statement that the red card had been overturned.“An Independent Regulatory Commission has today upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Michael Duff,” it read.“The Burnley defender was dismissed in the game against West Ham United on Saturday 2 May 2015 for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.“Therefore, his one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”Mark Noble scored the penalty Moss awarded in the 23rd minute and Burnley went on to lose their fourth straight match.The Clarets therefore need to win at the KC Stadium this weekend to keep alive their faint survival hopes.The Lancashire club are bottom of the table, eight points below 17th-placed Hull with three matches to go.After Saturday’s trip to Hull, Burnley host Stoke and round the season off with a visit to fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa.last_img read more