Plenty of people were really shocked by the Kenya’s Supreme Court extraordinary verdict to annul the results of the August 8 presidential election. The fresh elections will be made in two months after September 1.
Experts say that it was a historic moment for both Kenya and Africa as a whole, which will undoubtedly guarantee better worldwide attention on Kenya in autumn 2017. Such a statement was made by John Kerry, the former secretary of state in Barack Obama`s administration, and Aminata Touré, the ex-prime minister of Senegal.
According to the Court`s verdict, the presidential election was not conducted according to the Constitution, quoting “irregularities and illegalities” made by Kenya’s election commission.
According to numerous media reports, various international observers had declared the election fair and free. Though some observers noted isolated examples of technical wrongdoings in both counting and voting, these did not seem to affect the honesty of those processes.
“We as well pointed to the fact that the electronic transmission of results proved untrustworthy, with automatic scans of results forms not arriving as intended at constituency-level tally centers, where all results were put into a table,” continues Kerry and Touré.
The Nigerian election commission, as a backup measure, trained the electorate centers to rely instead on the paper results forms to count the official results. Some observers informed that the paper-based backup system, if put into practice correctly, would get confirmation of the ballots cast and that agents of political parties had been at most stations and got copies they could check by themselves with the official results.
The major this is that all angry parties must continue their disputes, not in the streets but the courts. Numerous international observer missions` heads pressed, both in private meetings with candidates and publicly, for claims of misbehavior and fraud to be thoroughly investigated, rather than abridged to rhetoric and insinuation. So, it can be concluded that it was international observers who made candidates to continue their arguments in the courts. It is really a great thing that this has happened.
Presently, all observers are staying in Kenya to continue the monitoring. The complete report will be released after the end of the new election and the decree of any petitions.
Mr. Odinga in its electoral appeal noticed that the election commission failed to follow correct procedures in announcing the final results. Additionally, there were mistakes in the forms recording polling station results. Moreover, they claimed that the election servers were hacked to influence results. The election commission has also recognized that there were certain attempts to hack its servers. However, officials reject that there was any malfeasance.
Meanwhile, the election commission has released the day of the new election. It will take place on October 17. The government will have to offer the financial resources to hold the elections. It also must guarantee the total security of the candidates, commissioners, and voters. President Kenyatta in his turn told that he would undoubtedly respect any court’s decision. All Kenyans must act sensibly and be sure that the new electoral process is nonviolent.
Source: Tuko Kenya.
Some of the most beautiful horse racing tracks in the world!
A visit to a horse racing track is exhilarating, fun and also feels like an adventure. It is a great way to spend a day with your family. Horse racing is an ancient form of spectator sports. There are a lot of countries that have a tradition of horse racing, and there are many legendary horse racing tracks that are part of national lore. Some tracks are so beautiful that they almost attain mythic qualities. In this article, you will be learning about some of the world’s most beautiful racing tracks.
- Santa Anita: Santa Anita is located in Arcadia in the United States of America. It was opened in 1934. Some of the most famous races that took place in this race track are the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap. This racing track is also called the most sublime track in the universe. The reason for this is that the Santa Anita race track has the San Gabriel Mountains of California in the background. The scenery around the ground is wonderful.
The seating capacity is twenty-six thousand strong, and the track infield also contains beautifully manicured trees and spots for a picnic and a mile-long dirt track. This track has held the Breeders’ Cup for nine times which is also a kind of a record. This park is quite significant also because it was here that the first use of electrical gadgets like finishing line cameras and also electronic timers got used for the first time.
- Aintree Race Park:Aintree Race Park is located in Liverpool in the United Kingdom. It was opened back in 1829. Some of the most famous races to have taken place at this venue include the Grand National Race. The steeplechase obstacles at this venue are also quite renowned like the Canal Turn, the Becher’s Brooks, and the Chair. This venue hosts the most challenging form of steeplechases called the Grand National.
This race course has almost two hundred years of history and has held a number of legendary races like the Grand National of 1928 where more than forty horses had initially participated, but only three could cross the finish line. The fences which bar the jumps over the water pits have a covering of over a hundred tons of wild spruce here.
- Flemington Race Track: The Flemington Race Track is located at Melbourne in Australia. It was opened way back in 1840. Some of the most famous races that were held at this venue include the Victoria Derby and the Melbourne Cup. The River Maribyrnong situates this race track. It is shaped like a pear and is a huge race track. IT has a two-mile race track for handicapped races and hosts the Melbourne Cup race.You can visit RillitoPark to see amazing horse races and have a good time with your family.
Horse race tracks are beautiful venues and the ones mentioned in this article are some of the gorgeous places in the entire world.
Cheltenham 2019: Gold Cup Favourites
Cheltenham Festival 2019 is only weeks away and the meeting’s showpiece, the Gold Cup, is shaping up nicely to be the most competitive in years. Last year’s winner Native Winner isn’t the bookies’ favourite to make it back-to-back wins (a feat that last occurred in 2002-4 with Best Mate), with Presenting Percy the leader at this stage. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at this year’s leading contenders for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Presenting Percy – 3/1
The Irish front-runner will be looking to make it a hattrick of wins at Cheltenham Festival, with a first in the Gold Cup the main agenda. However, should Presenting Percy not race at Fairyhouse, he’d become the first horse to ever be successful without turning out for any races this season. Owner Philip Reynolds and trainer Pat Kelly have denied there are any problems:
“Presenting Percy is absolutely fine,” said Reynolds.
Continuing: “I’m not sure how many more opportunities Pat’s going to have to have a horse go to the Gold Cup. I certainly doubt I’m going to have many more. So, we just decided to be ultra, ultra-careful, that’s all. Nothing wrong with the horse.”
Clan des Obeaux – 4/1
Trainer Paul Nicholls will be looking to make it a fifth success in the Gold Cup with this season’s most-improved chaser,Clan des Obeaux. An impressive win in the King George VI Chase at Ascot cemented his claims for a win in next month’s cup.
Native River – 5/1
Who could forget Native River’s win in last year’s Gold Cup? Him and Might Bite were head and shoulders above the rest of the field and made for an epic encounter in the closing minutes. The equine flu outbreak ensured Native River was unable to complete his pre-competition training; however, he didn’t look too bad in the two run-outs at the end of last year.
Kemboy – 9/1
The odds of Kemboycontinue to shorten and expect them to shorten further if Ruby Walsh decides to ride. The winner of his last four chases, Kemboyis in decent form and is one of Ireland’s best offerings (barring the favourite, of course). However, Willie Mullins is looking to break his Cheltenham hoodoo as runner-up on six occasions, and he’s certainly going big this year with no fewer than four horses in the race.
“There’s Al Boum Photo, Invitation Only, Kemboy and Bellshill — and I’ll probably run as many as I can. Those four can run there, anyway,” Mullins said.
‘It would be nice to win the Gold Cup and we have as good a chance this year as any. You can make cases for them all”.
Bellshill – 10/1
Bellshill won the Irish Gold Cup earlier this month, beating favourite Road to Respect and shouldn’t be underestimated. This form has shortened his odds from the 20s and put the horse ahead of his Irish Gold Cup rival, while strengthening Willie Mullins’ strong hand of racers.
Might Bite – 12/1
Last year’s runner-up, Might Bite has looked a shadow of his former self in the two runs this season, hence only featuring sixth with the bookies. Finishing last at the Chase at Haydock, he came up short in the King George VI Chase at Ascot. Trainer Nicky Henderson believes he can make a timely return to form – and maybe even go one better than 12 months ago.
NGO Takes ‘Keep Rivers Clean’ Campaign To Markets, Grassroots
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Association of Better Health Environment (ABHEN), Port Harcourt, has organised a rally across major markets and roads in Port Harcourt metropolis to raise awareness among residents on the need to stop the indiscriminate dumping of waste in the State. It also mobilised support for the “Keep Rivers Clean Project” awareness campaign of the State government.
Speaking at Creek Road Market, Coordinator of the group, Dr Emilia Amadi, advised traders to shun the habit of dumping refuse in drains and disposing waste around the market.
She explained that the sensitisation rally became imperative in order to promote a new culture among residents in which they are expected to imbibe the culture of cleanliness and embrace the use of government accredited waste managers for proper waste disposal.
She said Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration was in a hurry to make the state one among the cleanest states in Nigeria, and urged traders in the market to key into the initiative.
According to her, “ABHEN is carrying out this rally in collaboration with local government officials and the members of the civil society as well as International Women Organisation (IWO)”.
As she put it, “we want people to report defaulters to the appropriate government agencies so that legal action will be taken against them to serve as deterrent to would-be offenders”.
Amadi further disclosed that a sanitation taskforce had been created by the group to monitor indiscriminate dumping of waste and report same to appropriate government machinery for apprehension of offenders and prosecution. She urged the traders and road users to be law-abiding.
The group went through New Layout Market, Mile I, Mile III, Rumuomasi Market, Oil Mill Market and Okro Market at Iriebe among others, calling on the public to report waste managers who fail in their duties to the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) for necessary action.
The group leader used the opportunity to commend the Rivers State Government’s (RSG) initiative of restoring Port Harcourt to its ‘garden-city ‘status. She admonished stakeholders to support the government in its quest to reposition the state to greater heights.
Dr Amadi enjoined the people of the State to queue behind Governor Wike to deliver democratic dividends by not destroying the governor’s plan to do the needful in making the State an envy of others especially in cleanliness which, she said, is next to godliness.
Meanwhile, traders at the various markets and motor-parks visited by the group, appealed to RIWAMA to ensure speedy evacuation of waste generated in the markets and parks by apprehending people who dump refuse indiscriminately.
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