first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Salle is sitting in the apex of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but the defending champion has no plans of slowing down.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Parker stands as big obstacle in Joshua’s path to greatness MOST READ The defending champions are the best serving team with an average of 2.74 aces per set and are also the best digging team in the league with an average of 15.44 digs per set.La Salle is also the no. 2 team in terms of setting with 9.44 excellent sets per period and the second-best team in terms of reception with an efficiency rating of 35.76 percent.And the motor of that defense is the 5-foot Dawn Macandili, who not only made a name for herself in the UAAP but also in the Asian stage when she became the 2nd Best Libero AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.Macandili, who is a two-time Best Receiver and one-time Best Digger in the UAAP, admitted that they can’t shake off the feeling of wanting to take a break in the holidays but their priority is maintaining their foothold in the tournament.“We can’t lose our focus this Holy Week and of course it’s tempting to take a vacation,” said Macandili. “Of course we have our priorities, and we will train this break.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Spikers were given the choice of taking a break from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday but the 10-time champions were not too keen on taking a breather as the competition prepares for the league’s most critical turn.La Salle’s next game in the tournament is on April 8, more than two weeks after its last game on March 24, and opposite hitter Kianna Dy said they won’t be slacking off despite the long lull.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we’re still going to train and train even more,” said Dy in Filipino. “We can’t be out of condition in these two weeks before April 8.”The Lady Spikers have been an immovable force in the season accumulating a league-best 9-2 record before the UAAP took a break and have ensured themselves of an automatic spot in the Final Four. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Sunday, the dates for elections in India. I have been invited to conduct opinion polls in India to determine support for parties. Election polling is restricted from a day before voting till the last hour of voting. Pollsters can release results up to the day before the voting commences and right after the voting ends.The ECI knows it must hold an election and, therefore, started making preparations for it – making sure every adult over 18 was on the list – some 900 million voters. In Guyana, we have just under half a million voters, and the election commission seems to have serious difficulty preparing for an election even though it knew since December 22 that it must be prepared to hold elections by March 19. The ECI Commissioners and staff are professionals and unlike in Guyana, they don’t favour any party. They are true professionals. The Chairman or Chief Election Officer in India is not a stooge of any party.There are some other major differences in how GECOM and ECI function. Unlike in Guyana with GECOM, the ECI is totally independent of Governmental influence. The India Government cannot direct Government on preparedness or when to call elections. ECI is perennially prepared for elections because when a Government collapses it must hold elections within a month. Elections are held five years from the last elections and the new Government is sworn in just over a week after the counting of ballots and official declaration of results. The new Government in India must be sworn in on June 4 as per the direction of the ECI.Unlike in Guyana, in India, when a Government loses a no-confidence vote, elections are immediately held. Also, unlike in Guyana, voting in India takes place over several days. In this year’s elections, voting will be done over seven days and would last just over a month. India’s elections are generally held over several phases in order to allow for the transfer of poll workers and security. Some 200,000 personnel are involved in the process. Some 100,000 security forces are totally under the control of ECI and follow their directives. Government cannot instruct the security forces.The important point of difference between India and Guyana on electoral matters is that unlike in Guyana, the ECI is totally independent, with its own budget and personnel and does not seek to rig elections in favour of a party. The ECI recruits its own staff with “politically minded people” blanked. Staff are permanently employed and must not have any affiliation with any party. Government cannot fix dates for elections although it can make suggestions. The ECI decides on dates for elections. The ECI is extremely powerful; it has its own security forces with the power to confiscate money of candidates or parties if the staff suspects the money would be used improperly like bribing voters. Once a Government loses a no-confidence vote, it cannot hold Cabinet meetings. An election date is fixed within six weeks. And once a date is set for elections, Government is prohibited from engaging in new policies and announcing new programs; new money cannot be spent. The election moral code of conduct comes into play. No party enjoys an advantage. The Government media is shared equally by all contesting forces unlike in Guyana where there is one-sided coverage.The ECI can sanction candidates and parties and can also fine them and confiscate their monies or freeze their bank accounts and discipline State media. With the issues having to do with GECOM’S preparedness for elections following the Government’s defeat in the no-confidence vote, perhaps Guyana can look to India for reforms of its elections commission to make it totally independent of the political forces.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more