By Adama Tine
The leader of the Gambia Action Party (GAP), Musa Batchilly has called on all his colleague political party leaders to put their differences aside and put the national interest in the forefront, noting that elections will come and go but the Gambia remains.
Batchilly made these remarks recently during an interview with our reporter at the Inter-Party Committee (IPC), inaugural quarterly breakfast meeting for political party leaders held at the Sir Dawda Kairaba International Conference Centre.
According to him, in 2016, if not for the help of God, the Gambia would have been in serious trouble. He added that in 2021, if the current political system does not maintain peace among them, the ensuing chaos will not only stop in the Gambia.
“The Gambia is a beautiful country, and no one can develop this country but us Gambians and the only one to bring unity, stability and peace is us,” he noted.
The interim leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta on his part said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and presentation made by IPC Co-Chair Halifa Sallah, has almost embodied all that is required to ensure peaceful, transparent and credible elections if they all partner together as political parties and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
“One of the concerns I have observed and think is critical to ensuring that political parties come to an exact result during elections is the IEC ensuring that the regulations are carried out to the maximum level,” Jatta said.
According to him, it is a requirement that counting is done on the spot and political parties have representatives where counting is done. He added that another requirement is for counting agents to have certified results signed by the IEC and party representatives. He said this is because more often than not, most of the party representatives come back with pieces of paper not signed. He said that if all political party agents have certified the results from each counting station, there would hardly been any room for disagreeing with the results announced by the IEC.
The leader of the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Mai Ahmad Fatty said there is no competition among them but what they had was a contest of ideas and if that prevails, the relationship amongst them and the MoU will be better understood.
“We must hold each other as brothers and sisters, as people belonging to the same country, sharing same destiny, moving forward in unity, harmony, peace and understanding to build a future for our country that is durable and that will be an envy of other democracies,” Fatty noted.