Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Friday, November 23, 2012
KOROMA, ERNEST BAI
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CAREW, JOSHUA ALBERT
CONTEH, KANDEH BABA
MARGAI, CHARLES FRANCIS
BIO, JULIUS MAADA
FULLAH, JAMES OBAI
Dr. Christiana Thorpe
Chief Electoral Commissioner/Chairperson
National Returning Officer
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Monday, November 19, 2012
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- Polling officially closed at 5:00 PM in 98% of polling stations nationwide. However, voting went on in the remaining centers after the close of polls. In most cases this was due to larger voter turnout, late commencement of polls and technical problems.
- Generally, polling was reported to be orderly and peaceful in almost all polling stations nationwide.
- In Kambia District polling was disrupted in ward 135 due to honey bees! The polling station was relocated and polling went on peacefully.
- In two wards in the Western region, voting was disrupted due to election malpractices. Arrests were made.
- Reconciliation and counting of ballots commenced immediately after close of polls at polling station level. After counting of ballots, copies of relevant result forms were handed over to all political party agents and observers present for each election in all the polling stations.
- Results in Tamper Evident Envelops from polling stations were collected by polling centre managers at centre level and handed over to the relevant ward coordinators for onward delivery to NEC officials at districts and regional tally centers. Tallying of elections results commenced immediately as elections results were received.
- The elections results from polling stations in the Western Area were received at the Regional Tally Center, Wellington at 3:40 AM on 18th November 2012. Imputing of data began immediately and is ongoing.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
|Instructions seen around town|
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|7:05 am Going to vote in Wilberforce|
For the most part I think expatriates are staying indoors today as a precaution. I know some people will likely head out later in the day or definitely tomorrow. Others have a three-day lock down. I'm in today and will work on an audit, and do some cleaning and baking. Tomorrow, I'll be outdoors again, unless we are officially told to do otherwise. There is a vehicle ban today so I suspect the streets are fairly empty, other than lines of voters. Stay peaceful Salone.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
I think that there are a number of factors contributing to the suboptimal lab services at our hospital. Think of training, availability of consumables, systems for writing/reporting/distributing results, motivation, equipment issues, etc. Personally, I think our lab has a lot of potential, even with its somewhat limited resources. I think that part of the problem is the lack of systems in place - for requisition of consumables, accountability of staff showing up to work, getting results back to the patients etc. Some of the systems really aren't in place, others are in place but ineffective and others are in place but people aren't motivate to use the proper channels. I actually think a lot of this comes down to staff attitude and motivation. I believe if you are motivated, you can get so much more done. If a system doesn't exist, you build it. If it doesn't function, you try to improve it.
I think that we have reached the point that some long-term help would be beneficial but I agree we have to make sure this makes a big impact while that person is at the hospital which will continue once they've left. I would hope that this person could provide the hands on training needed not only to improve the efficiency and quality of the laboratory tests and put systems in place, but also to motivate people and get people excited about their job. To get technicians to realize that they are not just working with specimens, they are working with patients. Children who need a proper diagnosis in order to receive appropriate treatment. That's what we need to try to get across to them. And if we can get their minds thinking in that way, maybe sustaining good practice won't be so hard when outside help has come and gone. What do you think?
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
In 2007 it took 14 days for the first results to be announced, and they were as follows: APC 44.34%, SLPP 38.28% and PMDC 13.89% It took another two weeks for the run off elections. The run-off results were: APC 54.6% and SLPP 45.4%
I enjoyed a stroll down election memory lane. If you are interested, look at blog posts from August and September 2007:
PS: I JUST RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM OSMAN IN THE STADIUM AND COULD HEAR THE SLPP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, KADIE SESAY DELIVERING HER SPEECH AND EVERYONE CHEERING!!!
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This article displays SLPP’s views and talks about issues like economic pressure. It’s true, prices have gone up over the years, but maybe they would have no matter who was in the lead. It’s always hard to say if another party/president would have led the country in a better direction or not. I think every leader is going to have a challenging time ensuring economic growth, stability, employment , no corruption, etc. Let’s face it, there’s an awful lot that needs to be done here. May the best candidate for this time win and let’s hope everyone views the election process as being fair! 46 hours from now the polls open...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It's a bit strange to think that elections are on Saturday. Everything seems quite normal today, which is a good thing. Having said that, I just called Osman who is upcountry and was driving through Bo and all I could hear were whistles and shouting. Today is an SLPP rally day in Bo! So, lots of noise there. Tomorrow is the final day of campaigning/rallies and in the urban Western Area it is designated to SLPP. So- it will be a very busy and noisy 'GREEN' day tomorrow.
I guess I should be wise and get enough water, basic food items, phone credit, etc. just in case things go haywire. However, I really think we'll be okay. Fingers crossed and many prayers said.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
- the mechanic that fixed the Land Rover
- our driver who has never driven us into a ditch
- a run along Lumley beach (although tough since I haven't been running for months)
- the amazing sunset
- Osman picking me up and dropping me off at home
- and so much more.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Saturday, November 03, 2012
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So, for the past 4 weeks I have not studied. I think I picked up my embryology book once, before the results were even out, just to do some reading. Now I have to decide whether or not I will re-sit in April. Part of me says I might as well. I've already studied a lot, gone through it once, so should give it one more go. The other part of me wonders why I want to put myself through all of this again and the many hurdles to come! The thought of failing again is not pleasant. However, I also don't to give up. So, very likely I will start studying again very soon and give it one more go. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime it's work as usual. Well, kind of as usual. I am off to Ghana this week for a conference that the West African College of Physicians is putting on in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The focus is on postgraduate training, which is one of Welbodi's main interests. I will be attending with two colleagues and am hoping for a fun week and lots of useful networking and a visit to Korle Bu hospital and two of our residents there!
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