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The votes are still being counted from the 20 August polls, which were organized by the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Once the tallying is completed, the process will move on to the adjudication of complaints by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).“All of us are keen to see the processes move forward without delay so that a final and just outcome is arrived at,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said in a statement issued in Kabul.“I am calling today on the IEC and the ECC to redouble their efforts to ensure full rigour in their work at every stage. This includes excluding from the preliminary count results from ballot boxes where there is evidence of irregularities,” he added.Mr. Eide, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), stressed that the integrity of the elections is of the “utmost importance” to Afghanistan and to its international partners. “I look to both the IEC and ECC to carry out their mandated work to high standards and to ensure that the final outcome faithfully reflects the will of Afghanistan’s voters,” he stated.Forty-one presidential candidates, including two women, as well as over 3,000 candidates competing for provincial council seats, took part in the elections. The largely peaceful polls were hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, both of whom congratulated the Afghan people for exercising their right to vote. 8 September 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called on national election authorities to ensure the integrity of last month’s presidential and provincial council elections, in light of concerns that have arisen over irregularities in voting. read more

Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences recently recognized Niagara Region Public Health for its ongoing commitment to the University.Each year, the Faculty highlights one long-standing community and research partner for their outstanding contributions, exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to experiential education and faculty and student research at Brock.As this year’s recipient, Niagara Region Public Health was honoured at the 2018 Community Partners Appreciation Reception held April 16 at the Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation.“We are extremely proud of our partnership and mutual accomplishments,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services has been instrumental in facilitating educational and research opportunities in many areas of health promotion, education and awareness.”Receiving the award on behalf of the Region’s many collaborators was Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner (Acting).“In the last few years, our collaboration with Brock has gone from helping each other out where we can by hosting students and participating on research projects, to one where we are starting to integrate our work,” Hirji said. “We are now working jointly on core priorities, such as quality improvement and the life course, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish as we work to become more integrated.”Examples of recent collaborations include:Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services welcomes many Brock University students for experiential education opportunities around project work, job shadowing, practicum placements, knowledge exchange and precepting with nurses in many different departments throughout the Region.As part of a data sharing agreement between Brock University and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services, work is being undertaken to develop and enhance the link regarding data analysis and research between the two organizations.Department of Health Sciences Associate Professor Madelyn Law, along with a team of staff from 30 public health units, is currently working on a locally driven collaborative project around continuous quality improvement in Ontario’s public health units. This research project is co-led by Northwestern Health Unit and Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services, with Law helping to develop and oversee it.Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is also partnered with Department of Health Sciences Associate Professor Madelyn Law for research to help inform the Niagara EMS Transformation Project.Sinead McElhone from Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Sciences and teaches in Brock’s online Master of Public Health program.Department of Kinesiology Professor Diane Mack worked with the Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention team in 2015 on an aging research study titled “Place and Health: Perceptions of Healthy Aging in Niagara-Area Residents.”Brock students have also benefited from experiential education and research working in areas of population health, child health and maternal care, healthy babies programming, mental health, vaccines, tobacco cessation and drug addiction awareness. read more