Nomination is not a personal contest – Lawyer Martin

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

Assam Martin, a human rights lawyer and a member of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), on Saturday after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)‘a announcement of acceptance and approval of the candidates to contest this year’s presidential elections said, nomination is not a personal contest. 

“We have seen a lot of drama. We have to be realistic, some people just take IEC as a joke. At this moment, we are looking at beyond how to process our democracy so that we make a firm thing that people will not take for mockery,” he said.

“We do not want a democracy that people will take for a joke and whosoever wakes up will say they are going for a nomination that should be excluded from this country,” he said. Also, he added that the deposit of D10,000 is too small to be paid for nomination, which he said is something that should be looked into.

He went on to say: “some people miss to present some serious documents that were required which means they had not fulfilled the requirements which was why the IEC disqualified them and it is a justifiable reason.”

He added that, clear laws are put in place and everyone should be content with that. “This is going to be a learning point for some of these people but again, we want our democracy to have power.”

Martin mentioned that, if anyone wants to take a step to complain or challenge, the person can go to the IEC to be shown the documents that they missed, adding that there is no time for anything else because we have few weeks to elections.

Martin added that IEC plays an independent role and the only thing they have is their job.

He took time to advise the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) to give equal coverage to all political parties, saying: “you are not here to promote any political party. This is a national issue, so just do your job professionally. We don’t want anything like election violence,” Lawyer Martine also said.


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