A political pressure group in Gbarnga, Bong County, styled “Team Jorquelleh,” has for the first time launched what it called a “massive participation (in the) voter registration campaign” in the central province of Liberia.According to the head of Team Jorquelleh and a representative aspirant of Electoral District #3 in Bong County, E. Edward Gboe, their intention for launching the civic voter registration education campaign is to buttress the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) recent call for Liberians to turn out in their numbers to register during the period of the registration exercise.It may be recalled that the Chairman of the NEC, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, recently informed the public that the NEC anticipates more than two million eligible voters to turn out and register during the voter registration period, which runs from February 1, 2017 to March 7. Mr. Gboe told the audience that the only way voters will participate and have a voice during the pending presidential and legislative elections is to register and obtain their voter registration cards.The Team Jorquelleh leader cautioned his audience not to stay away during the voter registration period but to make it their business to get hold of their voter registration cards as their participation in the electoral process is key to the development of their communities, including human resource development. Mr. Gboe explained that the 2017 elections were vital to the people of Bong, and by extension the people of Liberia, because “this will be the first time for the government to transition to another democratically elected government” in a long time. The program, which took place on Saturday January 28 at the David Kuyon Sports Stadium, was attended by more than six thousand eligible voters who paraded through the principal streets of Gbarnga. Some of the participants who spoke to the Daily Observer, commended Mr. Gboe for launching the civic voter registration campaign on his own volition as a means of encouraging voters to turn out and register. The citizens told this newspaper that voter turnout was low during the 2014 Senatorial election because of “voter fatigue” and the failure of some leaders to fulfill their promises after they were elected.Many of the citizens meanwhile vowed to register to take part in the forthcoming elections.In another development, Mr. Gboe has begun the distribution of textbooks to some public and private schools in the county. He said the distribution is intended to complement government’s efforts to promote education in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Local songbird Katharine McPhee did it again Thursday, keeping her standing among the remaining dozen contestants on “American Idol.” The Sherman Oaks native, who performed Aretha Franklin’s “Think” in the week’s competition, was not among the four aspiring singers booted from the popular talent show. Instead, Kinnik Sky, Ayla Brown, Will Makar and Gedeon McKinney were sent packing during the fifth season’s third elimination round. The contest began with 24 hopefuls – a dozen males and a dozen females – at the start of the voting process. Judge Simon Cowell liked McPhee’s performance, saying the song choice was “a risk, but you pulled it off and made it seem effortless.” But Sky, 28, wasn’t so lucky and received the lowest number of votes for her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” “I think you just booked your plane ticket home,” meanie Cowell told the singer. Brown, 17, a student from Wrentham, Mass., fought back tears as host Ryan Seacrest announced she would be leaving the show. “It’s OK to cry,” Seacrest told her, “because you care.” Makar, also 17, from Woodlands, Texas, was chopped after his version of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is,” prompted Cowell to brand him “very juvenile.” And McKinney’s reading of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” didn’t help. But after he was dumped, the 17-year-old from Memphis, Tenn., smiled and said, “By the blood of Jesus, I’m saved. This is only the beginning.” Also on Thursday’s show, last season’s runner-up, rocker Bo Bice, returned to sing his hit, “The Real Thing.” “American Idol” continues to dominate the ratings for its time slot, drawing between 25 million and 30 million viewers per telecast this season. Seacrest said more than 46 million viewers voted during the past week. After running three times a week since the season began Jan. 17, “Idol” will now run twice weekly. The winner will be named May 24. “The singers have to show real consistency to make it all the way through to the end,” said vocalist Phil King, manager of the Singing Store, a Lake Balboa shop that specializes in accessories for amateur and professional singers. “You have to be great every single time you sing before the camera. That’s the true test of a pro.” McPhee, 21, grew up in Sherman Oaks, attended Notre Dame High School and worked in musical theater in Thousand Oaks. Her mother, Peisha McPhee, is a cabaret singer and vocal coach. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!