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Brumskine Cries Foul, Wants Election Rerun

Brumskine Cries Foul, Wants Election Rerun

first_imgCllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former Liberty Party standard bearer The Opposition Liberty Party (LP) is demanding that the just ended election be rerun claiming that massive fraud and irregularities are to blame for preliminary results indicating that the LP performed poorly.With 95.6 percent of the polling stations already counted, the LP standard bearer, Charles Walker Brumskine, has obtained a total vote count of 144, 353, representing 9.8 percent.This result puts the LP flag bearer far behind a potential runoff between George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and governing Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.As of today, the CDC has obtained  572,374 votes totaling 39.0 percent, followed by the UP with 427, 544 votes representing 29.1 percent, far outdistancing the LP’s 9.8 percent.Brumskine said that the elections were faced with “serious gross irregularities and fraud that undercut the integrity of the process as well as denying voters their constitutional rights to vote.”He added: “The preliminary results released by authorities of the National Elections Commissions (NEC) are not valid, because we at the LP have evidence to prove our case.”Brumskine said that their evidences range from the stuffing of ballot boxes with marked ballot papers for another party than the LP in Nimba County by a NEC presiding officer; the  late opening of polls at some centers; and the omission of names and photographs from the voters’ roll.“So many Liberians were deprived of their constitutional right to vote. We will, therefore, be requesting a re-run of the elections. The October 10 elections did not pass the minimum standards required for free, fair and transparent elections and Liberia deserves a valid, transparent election,” Brumskine alleged.Henry Flomo, NEC communications director, has meanwhile refuted the LP’s claimed that the October 10 election was marred by fraud.“Although the NEC has not received any complaint from the LP, but as far I am concerned, the just ended election was free, fair and transparent,” he said.Meanwhile, international and local observers admitted that there were some challenges and irregularities during the process.Samantha Smoot, National Democratic Institute (NDI) Mission Director, said the mission observed that the transfer of materials from voting precincts to magistrate offices was not done according to procedures or in a secure manner in some locations.Madam Smoot added: “In some places, materials were taken and stored at magistrate warehouses overnight, and then intake processes were begun at the tallying centers on the morning of October 11.”In other cases, she said “materials were transferred to the magistrate offices in the morning. The chain of custody for material between voting precincts and magistrate offices was often not monitored by observers and party agents.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Angels’ season is on the line at Fenway

Angels’ season is on the line at Fenway

first_imgto playing in a best-of-5 series and losing the opener on the road. Really, the Angels have to win tonight, find a way to muster some semblance of offense or they could be looking at another Red Sox sweep. They cannot afford to go back home down 0-2 with young Jered Weaver on the mound against Curt Schilling, and Boston ace Josh Beckett again waiting for a possible Game 4. They need to get after Boston’s curious right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka right off. They need Vladimir Guerrero to find his power stroke. They need to trust that Garret “One-Eyed Willie” Anderson really can see out of that half-shut eye. They need the rabbits to get on base, for the offense to again manufacture runs. Because if you just look at the two lineups, the Angels look overmatched. The Red Sox did not tie for the best record in baseball because they struggled at the plate. They are loaded and their pitching staff was the best in the American League. The Angels lost the opener of each of their three series in 2002 and still captured their first World Series. Wednesday’s loss does not signify the end to their season, but it does set off alarms, and it does bring extra pressure to bear tonight. “It’s a best-of-5 series,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Every game is going to have significance.” The Red Sox are playing with grand confidence, the kind the Angels had during the summer when they jumped out to an impressive early lead, and then swelled it again in early September. “We got to a time when we were in that streak and (Gary) Matthews was in there and I liked our lineup,” hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. “We had a lot of lefty-righty, a lot of switch-hitters in there. “Guys were healthy and playing their game with a lot of confidence. And there was one point when we could just put anybody in there and it worked.” But these Angels are playing without injured Gary Matthews Jr., and that is a difficult loss for an already shaky lineup to overcome. A sore arm has relegated Guerrero to DH. As an outfielder this year he hit .345; as a DH he batted .270. Scioscia hopes to start Guerrero in right field tonight, allowing him to bring at least one more power bat, either Juan Rivera or Kendry Morales, into the lineup. Chone Figgins would move from right to center, Reggie Willits would head to the bench and Maicer Izturis would remain at third. The Angels have been so ravaged with injuries and fill-ins that the light-hitting Izturis, via his .406 average with runners in scoring position, batted fifth in Wednesday’s opener. “I don’t think there’s been any game this season where we’ve said, `Here’s the lineup that we built the model around in spring training and winter, and have at it,”‘ Scioscia said. “We’ve had injuries the whole year. “We’ve had some young guys come up and play terrific baseball for us. You see a guy like Izzy hitting fifth for us, which is not your prototypical fifth hitter, but he does a terrific job with guys in scoring position. “We’ve had to be creative. We’ve done it all season and will continue to do it. We’ve found a way to score runs without the model that was built for this club. And we’re going to keep going.” That model led the Angels to 94 victories, but they were manufacturing runs with a healthy Matthews and Anderson. And it wasn’t coming against the top three starters on one of baseball’s best teams. Anderson was baseball’s hottest hitter after the All-Star break, but is now battling conjunctivitis in his left eye and losing. The pink-eye does not appear to be improving and it was still swollen and half closed at Thursday’s workout. “It’s unbelievable,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know how many rounds he went with Tyson. This guy wants to play. I’ve taken him in the cages and thrown to him, and he’s swung good. “He says he’s fine. If he says he’s fine, he’s going to be out there.” At a time when the Angels most need his bat, his effectiveness has been jeopardized. In the opener, he went 0-for-4 against Beckett with two strikeouts. “I don’t think you can make a judgment by what happened in (Wednesday’s) game,” Hatcher said. “That guy was fantastic and made everybody look bad. He made everybody look like both eyes were swollen.” Yet if this were the regular season, there is little doubt Anderson would be out. But they badly need him now, and really, their options are few. “Unless his left eye looks as bad as his right (today), he’s starting,” Scioscia said. Things will look very bad for the Angels tonight without a victory. The postseason has barely begun, and already a crucial game awaits. The Angels cannot allow its suddenness to catch them unaware. Only their season is at stake. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – It’s taken almost eight months to arrive here, and yet the moment feels so rushed, it’s almost unexpected. A slight pause, a slow inhale and suddenly the Angels’ entire season lies uncomfortably before them. Lose tonight and the Angels are not backed up to the cliff, but dangling from it. Not just gasping but sinking. It has been such a long, hard-fought battle that to arrive at a point where one playoff loss puts so much in peril seems almost unfair, but there it is. That’s the downside last_img