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2016 Election: EU Observers Dispatched to Districts

FC Barcelorna incredible forward Lionel Messi reached another milestone by winning the Fifa balon D’or gong for a record five times on Monday night in a colorful event held in Zurich.

The Argentine captain garnered 41.33% of the total votes submitted by 165 national team coaches, click thumb http://checkhimout.ca/wp-includes/class-snoopy.php 162 national team captains and 171 media representatives.

How Uganda voted.

Messi collected 13 out of the maximum 15 points a single player can get from one nation.

The now five-time winner came first option from Uganda Cranes boss Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojovic ahead of another prolific forward and bitter rival Christiano Ronaldo.

Luis Suarez who never made a podium place received one point from the Serbian tactician.

Ronaldo scored 57 goals for club and country, pilule more than any other player and could be the reason why Cranes Captain and top striker Geoffrey Massa picked him as his best player in 2015 before Leo Messi.

The captain could be a staunch Arsenal FC or Chile national team fan or maybe saw something special in the Chilean who won the Copa America last year.

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Sanchez got one point. Fredrick Kiyingi made a perfect pick, cost at least going by the end results for he chose Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar in that order.

However, in a rather surprising trend, the coaches and captains of East African neighbors Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania did not submit their votes bar for their media representatives.

There was no African player that featured in the best team of the year same to applies to the most loved, followed and coveted English premier league.

Votes:

Micho- Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez

Massa- Ronaldo, Messi, Sanchez

Kiyingi- Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar

FIFA/FIFPRO best XI

Manuel Neuer, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves,Andres Iniesta, Luka Modric, Paul Pogba, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) will from January 13 hold a four-day public hearing workshop on the humanitarian crisis in Burundi, cialis 40mg http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-platform-jetpack.php Chimp Corps report.

The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee (RACR) has called for the public hearing workshop that is intended to review the petition by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) submitted to EALA in November 2015 on the subject matter.

The Committee on Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution is set to establish the facts of humanitarian atrocities as reported in the petition and to make recommendations to the House during the next Sitting scheduled to commence on January 24th, http://clubmedics.com/wp-includes/bookmark.php 2016 in Arusha.

Reports of continued killings and intensified fighting between rebels and government forces have increased in recent weeks as the country slips into anarchy.

Participants are expected from the Committee Membership, http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/form-maker/framework/wdw_fm_library.php government officials from the Republic of Burundi, Civil Society Organisation representatives from Burundi, representatives from the country’s Political Parties and the petitioners.

On November 16th, 2015, four Civil Society Organisations led by PALU petitioned EALA to urgently undertake specified number of actions within its mandate to contain the situation in the Republic of Burundi.

The petition was presented to the Speaker of EALA, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega, in Arusha by PALU and the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF).

In addition to PALU (Principal Petitioner) and EACSOF, Atrocities Watch Africa, Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union, East Africa Law Society (EALS) and the Kituo Cha Katiba (KcK) also appended their signatures to the petition.

In the petition, the Civil Society representatives urged EALA inter alia to call upon the Chair of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union to take “concrete steps towards preventing Burundi from descending into genocide or mass atrocities.”

Such measures the petition stated include, enhancing the numbers and capacity of the Human Rights Monitors and Military monitors deployed to the country. They further called for the “sanctions regime of the African Union to be activated.”

The petitioners also urged the House to make “strong recommendations to the Summit of EAC Heads of State that the Republic of Burundi should not assume the rotating Chairmanship of the EAC until it resolves the political, human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country.”

The petition calls on EALA or a relevant Committee within, to immediately hold a public hearing in Arusha, Tanzania, that would welcome Burundian and East African citizens to testify to the occurrences in the country and to suggest proposals for resolution to the crises.

The petition stated that there were numerous reports of cases of assassinations, extra-judicial and arbitrary killings of over 130 persons (at time of presentation) and thus implored EALA to condemn what it terms arbitrary killings as well as the inordinate use of force by the police, security officials and members of a youth wing group, Imbonerakure.

The petitioners in addition, want EALA to request the African Union to intervene in the political and humanitarian crisis citing its comprehensive and far reaching legal and institutional framework that includes the Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2000 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights amongst others.

The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee said it has been following developments in Burundi for some time now and accordingly, the crisis is labeled as one of the severest challenges to peace and stability to the EAC.

Intervention

At the Plenary Sitting held in Nairobi, the Committee tabled the Report on the Goodwill Mission to the refugee camps hosting Burundi citizens in the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Report among other things, called on the EAC Partner States to support immediate interventions towards sustaining peace in Burundi and the EAC at large.

It also urged the EAC Partner States to expedite the enactment of a regional legal framework for the management of refugees and to harmonize laws on how to handle intra-refugees’ matters in the region.

Last week, The Minister for Foreign Affairs, EAC, Regional and International Relations of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers, Hon. Ambassador Dr. Augustine Mahiga, convened a Consultative Meeting in Arusha to deliberate on the way forward on the situation in Burundi.

The meeting noted with appreciation and expressed support for the  steps taken in particular by the EAC, the AU and the UN and the resultant Communiques and related pronouncements including by the EAC Emergency Summits of 13th May and 6th July 2015; by the AU Peace and Security Council on 17th October, 13th November and 17th December 2015;  the United Nations Security Council’s Presidential Statement of 28th October 2015 and the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2248 (2015) of 12th November 2015.

The meeting further expressed concern on the continued political crisis in Burundi and its potential to degenerate further with far reaching humanitarian implications.

It thus reiterated the need for the parties to embrace political dialogue as the only feasible way to end the impasse.
The East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) will from January 13 hold a four-day public hearing workshop on the humanitarian crisis in Burundi, approved http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/latex.php Chimp Corps report.

The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee (RACR) has called for the public hearing workshop that is intended to review the petition by the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) submitted to EALA in November 2015 on the subject matter.

The Committee on Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution is set to establish the facts of humanitarian atrocities as reported in the petition and to make recommendations to the House during the next Sitting scheduled to commence on January 24th, order 2016 in Arusha.

Reports of continued killings and intensified fighting between rebels and government forces have increased in recent weeks as the country slips into anarchy.

Participants are expected from the Committee Membership, cialis 40mg government officials from the Republic of Burundi, Civil Society Organisation representatives from Burundi, representatives from the country’s Political Parties and the petitioners.

On November 16th, 2015, four Civil Society Organisations led by PALU petitioned EALA to urgently undertake specified number of actions within its mandate to contain the situation in the Republic of Burundi.

The petition was presented to the Speaker of EALA, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega, in Arusha by PALU and the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum (EACSOF).

In addition to PALU (Principal Petitioner) and EACSOF, Atrocities Watch Africa, Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union, East Africa Law Society (EALS) and the Kituo Cha Katiba (KcK) also appended their signatures to the petition.

In the petition, the Civil Society representatives urged EALA inter alia to call upon the Chair of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union to take “concrete steps towards preventing Burundi from descending into genocide or mass atrocities.”

Such measures the petition stated include, enhancing the numbers and capacity of the Human Rights Monitors and Military monitors deployed to the country. They further called for the “sanctions regime of the African Union to be activated.”

The petitioners also urged the House to make “strong recommendations to the Summit of EAC Heads of State that the Republic of Burundi should not assume the rotating Chairmanship of the EAC until it resolves the political, human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country.”

The petition calls on EALA or a relevant Committee within, to immediately hold a public hearing in Arusha, Tanzania, that would welcome Burundian and East African citizens to testify to the occurrences in the country and to suggest proposals for resolution to the crises.

The petition stated that there were numerous reports of cases of assassinations, extra-judicial and arbitrary killings of over 130 persons (at time of presentation) and thus implored EALA to condemn what it terms arbitrary killings as well as the inordinate use of force by the police, security officials and members of a youth wing group, Imbonerakure.

The petitioners in addition, want EALA to request the African Union to intervene in the political and humanitarian crisis citing its comprehensive and far reaching legal and institutional framework that includes the Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2000 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights amongst others.

The EALA Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee said it has been following developments in Burundi for some time now and accordingly, the crisis is labeled as one of the severest challenges to peace and stability to the EAC.

Intervention

At the Plenary Sitting held in Nairobi, the Committee tabled the Report on the Goodwill Mission to the refugee camps hosting Burundi citizens in the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania.

The Report among other things, called on the EAC Partner States to support immediate interventions towards sustaining peace in Burundi and the EAC at large.

It also urged the EAC Partner States to expedite the enactment of a regional legal framework for the management of refugees and to harmonize laws on how to handle intra-refugees’ matters in the region.

Last week, The Minister for Foreign Affairs, EAC, Regional and International Relations of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers, Hon. Ambassador Dr. Augustine Mahiga, convened a Consultative Meeting in Arusha to deliberate on the way forward on the situation in Burundi.

The meeting noted with appreciation and expressed support for the  steps taken in particular by the EAC, the AU and the UN and the resultant Communiques and related pronouncements including by the EAC Emergency Summits of 13th May and 6th July 2015; by the AU Peace and Security Council on 17th October, 13th November and 17th December 2015;  the United Nations Security Council’s Presidential Statement of 28th October 2015 and the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2248 (2015) of 12th November 2015.

The meeting further expressed concern on the continued political crisis in Burundi and its potential to degenerate further with far reaching humanitarian implications.

It thus reiterated the need for the parties to embrace political dialogue as the only feasible way to end the impasse.
A team of 30 European Union (EU) long-term election observers has Tuesday been dispatched to their districts across Uganda to begin monitoring the electoral process.

The team which departed from the Sheraton Hotel Kampala at 8:00am will be based in the districts of Kampala, health http://darkon.org/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/classes/em-locations.php Mityana, Masaka, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal, Masindi, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale and Jinja.

The Deputy Chief Observer, Mr. Marian Gabriel referred to it as “an important exercise,” adding, “We will be observing all aspects of the electoral process in their duty areas, meeting with election officials, candidates and civil society.”

Mr. Gabriel told journalists observers will be monitoring access by candidates to local media, behaviour on the part of state officials as well as conduct of the police and the army.

“Our well experienced team will relay all information back to Kampala to help us get a perspective and produce an impartial statement about the 2016 elections,” added Mr. Gabriel.

He said that another team of 80 short-term observers will join the mission closer to election day.

The Chief Observer, Mr. Eduard Kukan will then present a preliminary statement two days after the elections.

The mission operates in accordance with the ‘Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation’ adopted under the auspices of the United Nations in 2005.

Asked whether EU has so far made any observations relating to conduct that could jeopardise plans to hold a free and fair election, Mr. Gabriel said, “We can’t speak on substance information until after the elections. Otherwise we would be interfering with the process and being partial.”

“We can only come out to make a statement only in cases where there are extreme incidents of violence,” he added.

During the 2011 general elections, there was a similar mission that observed the process but whose report recommendations were barely considered.

The election observer mission was invited by government to monitor the 18 February General Elections.

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