Millions of Congolese went to the polls on 28 November last year to cast votes in presidential and parliamentary elections. While the presidential results were announced earlier, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) released the provisional results of the legislative polls regarding 162 of the 169 electoral districts on 26 January and yesterday.It recommended to the Supreme Court that the results of the remaining seven electoral districts be nullified, according to a news release issued by the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), which took note of the announcement. “MONUSCO welcomes the peaceful atmosphere which has been observed throughout the country since the announcement of these results,” it stated. “It encourages all candidates and political actors to use the legally prescribed channels for the resolution of disputes, and to refrain from the use of force or violence.”The mission also reminded all parties concerned that it is continuing to closely monitor human rights violations and acts of violence committed, notably, in the context of the elections. It called on Congolese authorities to respect human rights obligations, particularly the rights to liberty, to freedom of movement and to freedom of expression. MONUSCO provided technical and logistical support to the organization of the November polls – the second time since independence from Belgium in 1960 that the country has held multi-party elections. 2 February 2012With the provisional results of national legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) having now been announced, the United Nations today encouraged all actors to use legal channels for resolving any disputes and refrain from the use of force or violence.
The United Nations (UN) remained silent when asked about the appointment of new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday while the US State Department, for a second day running, reiterated its concerns on Sri Lanka.Asked about the appointment of the new Chief Justice, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that the UN was aware of the developments but had no comment as yet. “We had made clear throughout this impeachment that we were concerned about what it said about the democratic process that we were, concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. So those concerns remain with regard to the quality of Sri Lankan democracy,” she told reporters yesterday.On Monday Nuland had warned that the impeachment of the former Chief Justice may impact foreign investments to Sri Lanka. “No, we don’t have any comment at this time. We are obviously aware of the media reports, and if that changes and we have something to say, I’ll certainly let you know,” Nesirky said in response to a question posed by Inner City Press. Meanwhile US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that the US is concerned about the perception of reprisals against somebody for independent thinking and action. Asked yesterday on the same issue during the daily State Department briefing, Nuland said “As I said yesterday, that this entire issue also serves to undermine the international reputation of Sri Lanka as it pertains to investment decisions that foreign companies might make, so there is usually a cost to this kind of thing in terms of their ability to attract foreign investment,” she said.Asked if it will have an impact on US investments to Sri Lanka, Nuland said she was not aware of that and had to check on the current US assistance situation with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAPE top performers attribute hard work, dedication to their successAugust 24, 2017In “Featured”UG remembers law stalwart JOF HaynesNovember 9, 2017In “Local News”Foiled Bank robbery: 5 charged, Haynes gets 6 years jail for 4 offences, others remandedJuly 14, 2017In “Court” Samuel Haynes (center)Samuel Haynes, 16, of Queen’s College is among the country’s top five performers of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination.He gained fourth place with 18 Grade Ones.Haynes was overly proud of his accomplishment, noting that his hard work over the years has paid off.Liiving all the way in Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara meant travelling an extra long commute to school every day but he persevered and even took extra lessons to boost his capabilities.“I grew up all my life in Buxton and indeed, I always knew I had the potential to do great things with the help of God but this is truly a surprise and sigh of relief,” he said.“I’m very ecstatic about being a top performer.”He thanked his family and teachers for their support throughout his high school life.The young man also attributed his success to discipline.“It called for a lot of organisation and discipline. Work related things were done at nights and then studies or anything related to retaining was done in the mornings when I could focus. Of course, these routines shifted according to certain circumstances.” (By Rupa Seenaraine)