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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 29, 2015
As previously announced, the election of Officers to the National Executive of the United National
Congress will be held on Saturday December 5th, 2015 between th hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00
p.m. A listinmg of venues for voting will be subsequently published.
Hereunbder is a listing of important dates to be noted.
1 Deadline for registration of members for
October 30th, 2015
purpose of the election
2 Availablility of Nomination Forms at UNC
From October 23rd, 2015
Headquarters, Rienzi Complex
(between the hours of 8:30 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m.)
3 Submission of Nomination Papers by
November 13th, 2015
prospective candidates for verification
4 Scrutiny of Preliminary List of Voters at UNC
November 15th - 21st, 2015
Headquarters, Rienzi Complex, Couva
(between the hours of 9:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m.)
5 Returning of Nomination Papers to prospective candidates November 16th, 2015
6 Nomination Day - Deadline for submission of Nomination November 20th, 2105 at
Papers to Internal Elections Committee c/o Rienzi Complex 4:00 p.m.
7 Deadline for submission of Application to be
November 21st, 2015
a Special Voter
8 Deadline for submitting Applications for
November 22nd, 2015
Objections / Corrections to membership listing
9 Deadline for Withdrawal as a Candidate
November 25th, 2015
10 Announcement of list of valid Nominees
November 26th, 2015
11 Posting of Revist List at UNC Headquarters,
November 26th, 2015
Rienzi Complex, Couva
12 Special Voting at Rienzi Complex
November 28th, 2015
UNITED NATIONAL CONGRESS
RIENZI COMPLEX, COUVA
636-7239 / 679-1362
UNITED NATIONAL CONGRESS
INTERNAL ELECTIONS 2015
JUBA---African Union investigators
discovered mass graves in South
Sudan and found evidence of horrific
crimes, including forced cannibalism,
according to a long-awaited report.
President Salva Kiir s faction in the
conflict is also accused of recruiting
an irregular tribal force before the
outbreak of war in December 2013.
The report, released late Tuesday,
also disputes that there was a coup
attempt in December 2013 by former
Vice President Riek Machar. Govern-
ment troops carried out organised
killings of members of the ethnic Nuer
in Juba, the capital, the report said.
When violence broke out, Machar, a
Nuer, became a rebel leader. He and
Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, recently signed
a peace agreement.
The African Union investigators, led
by former Nigerian President Olusegun
Obasanjo, found that the conflict began
on December 15, 2013, as a skirmish
broke out between Dinka and Nuer
soldiers of the presidential guard fol-
lowing political tension between Kiir
and Machar, who had been fired as
Kiir's deputy the previous July.
The report was scheduled for release
months ago but its release was delayed
by the African Union's Peace and Secu-
Hundreds of Nuer men were round-
ed up and shot, and mass graves were
discovered. Perpetrators---described as
government forces or their allies---
allegedly tortured their victims, includ-
ing by forcing them to jump in fires
or eat human flesh, according to the
The killings were "an organised mil-
itary operation that could not have
been successful without concerted
efforts from various actors in the mil-
itary and government circles," the report
said. "Roadblocks or checkpoints were
established all around Juba and house
to house searches were undertaken by
security forces. During this operation
male Nuers were targeted, identified,
killed on the spot or gathered in one
place and killed."
Kiir and Machar signed a peace
agreement in August but fighting con-
In this photo taken October 11, a displaced woman and her children ride in a wooden canoe through a
swamp, where the thick reed marshes protect against attacks, as they flee from Kok Island in Leer county to
Nyal in Panyijar county. Kok Island in Unity State has become a place of misery, with hundreds of war-weary
people reaching there to seek shelter from the violence, just some of the more than 2 million displaced by
South Sudan's civil war, which continues despite a peace accord signed in August. AP PHOTO
About 1,000 Bikini islanders have
applied to relocate to the United States
as rising seas threaten their adopted
The residents were moved from their
Pacific atoll as result of atomic bomb
tests in the 1940s. But their new home,
on another of the Marshall Islands, is
struggling against huge tides and
The islanders have now asked Wash-
ington to change the terms of a trust
fund to allow them settle in the US.
In 1946 several hundred islanders
were moved from Bikini Atoll by the
US government, which wanted to test
atomic weapons on the remote atoll.
Some 23 nuclear tests were conduct-
ed including the huge Bravo hydrogen
bomb, the largest weapon detonated
at that time by the US. The islanders
moved to a nearby island in the Mar-
shall chain called Kili in 1948.
Under an agreement with the US, a
resettlement trust fund was eventually
established to help the Bikini residents.
This would pay for construction of
homes within the Marshall Islands.
But now the islanders say that their
homes are being swamped by the
increased ingress of sea water during
There was widespread flooding in
2011 and again this year. Salt is also
creeping up from beneath Kili, threat-
ening agriculture and water supplies.
In the early part of this year the island's
runway was entirely flooded, cutting
off the residents.
"The people of Bikini came back to
us and asked us to take this proposal
to the US, to request the resettlement
trust fund be used to settle people in
the US not just the Marshall Islands,"
said Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister
of the Marshall Islands.
"We have not seen the final text of
the legislation but the request that
went in was on the basis of Kili being
uninhabitable because of climate
The US Department of the Interior
is supporting the islanders and is now
proposing legislation in Congress that
would change the terms of the reset-
AU: Mass graves, cannibalism in South Sudan
Bikini islanders seek US
refuge as sea levels rise
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