Peace Ambassadors urge political parties to abide by IEC electoral code of conduct

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Bubacarr Sambou, President of Peace Ambassadors-The Gambia, an international organization focusing mainly on peace education, conflict resolution, youth and civic empowerment has encouraged all political parties to abide by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) electoral code of conduct and laws of The Gambia during their campaigns.

Political parties in the country are due to commence their campaigns ahead of the December 4th Presidential Elections onTuesday following the approval of nomination of five political parties and an independent candidate by theIEC on Saturday.

Those whose nominations were accepted and approved to contest this year’s elections include incumbent President Adama Barrow, opposition leaders Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Halifa Sallah of the  People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Mama Kandeh of The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), Abdoulie Ebrima Jammehof the National Unity Party (NUP) as well as independent candidate and former Lead Counsel of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Essa Faal subject to Section 46 (1) of the Elections Act.

Meanwhile, 15 other aspirants were rejected by the IEC for failing to meet certain requirements.

Mr. Sambou also called on political parties to avoid hate speeches and use of defamatory languages during their campaign.

“Whereas rival parties meet on the way or cross paths during the campaign let them see The Gambia first and not any other thing,” he appealed to them while urging them to interact and entertain themselves without any violence when they meet or cross paths.

Sambou made these remarks on Monday at his office while presenting a report of its findings and recommendations after successfully observing the nomination process.

Peace Ambassadors – The Gambia has since 2006 monitored every election held in The Gambia including presidential, parliamentary and local government elections and will be deploying 59 long-term observers which will include 6 regional coordinators and 53 constituency observers to observe the campaign process in all regions and constituencies.  

The observers will observe and report on campaign processes such as political rallies, campaign marches and demonstrations, debates, the use of the media, flyers, posters, billboards or community outreach events as well as watch out for campaign violence within their assigned areas such as propagation of hate speeches and divisive messages, intimidation and harassment targeted at electoral actors and other groups.

Peace Ambassadors was established in The Gambia on 17 May 2001 and the organization has been functioning in all the administrative regions of the country.

COB/DAJ/8/11/21

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