Duala Voters Angry over Disorganized Polling Places

first_img– Advertisement – Dozens of registered voters who said they turned out very early to cast their votes for the next corps of leaders of Liberia, reported they were disappointed with the way polling places were organized in Douala. Three communities, including Douala, St. Paul’s Bridge and New Kru Town registered at Saint Mary’s Catholic Senior High School, which turned out to be one of the most populated polling places in Bushrod Island. There, two different sections divided into three different polling places (from 1-3), had flyers attached to each door that read: Polling place 1, 720470137-720474977 (voting prevent code 30082); Polling place 2, 720474987-738180507 (voting prevent code 30082); Polling place 3, 738180517-762175437 (voting precinct code 30082); Section two, polling place 1, 720460117-720464197 (voting precinct code 30083); Polling place 2, 720464217-762171397 (voting precinct code 30083); Polling place 3, 762171407-762175417 (voting precinct code 30083). As hundreds of men and women, including teenagers, queued up patiently to cast their votes, many were turned away at the door by polling staff. “This is not the room you’re supposed to cast in your vote; go so,” was what most voters were told at almost every door. “Why are they confusing us, so we will leave? This will cause me not to cast my vote because it’s shameful being told over and over that I’m at the wrong room,” stated a voter. At our reporter’s disposal were copies of the final registration roll, which she was able to use to begin calming people down and helping them to the right locations. About a handful of people at 5:52 p.m. still could not find the right room after spending hours being turned around. “Those that can’t find their rightful place, give us your particulars and we will do a search to make sure you vote. Your vote matters,” a staff yelled over a megaphone. At 5:54 p.m., the gates at Saint Mary were closed and locked with a padlock. The lock was only opened to allow those who completed voting to leave. One voter cursed and yelled and was eventually taken into polling place 2, precinct 30083 to be helped, while more then 20 registered voters stood in line at 5:56 p.m. waiting to cast their votes. Also, some elections observers complained of hunger, though several were seen taking lunch breaks during the commotion. One observer who said he was sent to the polling center by the Unity Party, boasted that though his stomach was empty and his mouth dry, he was able to do his job. “Since 5 a.m., they never checked on us or even gave us water; I brought my own pen and books. What’s important is making sure this works out well,” he added. Meanwhile, 6:07 p.m., those who were not able to find their rightful voting places were all in the rooms hurriedly casting their votes with panic written on their faces for fear that they would be disqualified, not due to their fault, but those of the polling staff.“They didn’t show us where to go; they only said go that way, and there are many rooms. I will vote before I move from here,” one woman stated as she stood inside the polling place with her hands on her hips. It turned out that what seemed to be the cause of the confusion at polling places was the fact that many did not read the flyers on the board. They depended on being directed to the right place, rather then finding it for themselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN REARRANGED AT BARNHILL AFTER FOUL WEATHER

first_imgLetterkenny Golf News: With the Captain once again proving that his “intuition” is usually correct, the decision to postpone the weekend competitions, including the Captain’s drive-in on Sunday, was most appreciated by the members when the forecasted inclement gale force winds and rain finally arrived.CAPTAINS’ DRIVE-IN: Looking forward with much delight and anticipation to the annual DRIVE-IN, members would like to take this opportunity in wishing Club Captain Gerard Duffy, Lady Captain Margo Birmingham and club President Anne Condon every success in the forthcoming season. The Drive-In will now take place on SUNDAY 8th MARCH, [weather permitting]. Competition format will be a SCRAMBLE. Sign-in from 10am—tea, coffee, scones, meet & greet: Shotgun start @ 12noon:With the “back-to-golf” syndrome kicking in again, competitors are reminded that the Wednesday & Saturday Opens and Sunday confined competitions have returned to normal [weather permitting] with members’ entry fee €7. “Mats” are still in operation until St. Patrick’s Day at the earliest. Congratulations to Letterkenny Golf Club member Finnian O’ Doherty, proud winner of the North West Alliance Golfer of the Year [Gross] and to Eamonn O’ Carroll who finished a very credible 4th position in Saturday’s outing to Ballyliffin.SUBS:It’s that time of year again! All members are asked to forward membership subscriptions asap. Subs must be paid before St. Patrick’s Day Open.WE NEED YOUR OLD MOBILE PHONES—- to get a second defibrillator that will be housed on the course, making it more accessible should something occur during play on the front 11 holes. There is a box provided in the club foyer for all of your old unwanted mobile phones—-please donate NOW!!HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s Online Lotto’s draw took place on Wednesday 18th February and, although there was no JACKPOT winner of €1,750, two lotto members who smiled happily were Dessie Kelly & Seamus Mc Conville winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 9, 10; The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week] Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.**Don’t forget the social club’s fun afternoon of BINGO organized by the ladies’ branch on Sunday 1st March. Books & jackpot sheets available, everyone welcome.** BROWNS on the GREEN in conjunction with Letterkenny Golf Club, invite you to come and view their very own Cookery Demonstration by the Award Winning IAN ORR ,(Executive Head Chef, Browns Group). Demonstration will take place on Thursday 19th March @ 7.30 pm in Letterkenny Golf Club, Barnhill, Letterkenny. *Tickets €15.00pp* Meet and Greet afterwards. Light refreshmentsGOLF NEWS: CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN REARRANGED AT BARNHILL AFTER FOUL WEATHER was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

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