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Gambia’s Election: IEC Urged To Reinforce Capacity By Establishing Legal Unit

H.E Ernest Bai Koroma,
Former Sierra Leone President and Head of ECOWAS EOM

By Landing Ceesay 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Election Observation Mission (EOM) to The Gambia urged the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to reinforce its capacity by establishing a legal unit. 

“The capacity of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) should be reinforced by establishing a legal unit and the appointment of a communication and database management expert,” H.E Ernest Bai Koroma, former President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Head of ECOWAS Electoral Observation Mission in the Gambia said. 

The mission also urged the commission to continue communicating developments regarding the electoral process to the public and promptly share information to discourage misinformation through social media and other means. 

His Excellency Koroma, the head of the ECOWAS EOM to The Gambia made these remarks on December 6th at a press briefing at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Centre on Sunday. 

Efforts by this reporter to reach out to the head of training and communication at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) were unsuccessful. 

The incumbent and the leader of the National People’s Party (NPP), Adama Barrow was declared winner of the December 4 presidential election with 53%  of the votes cast. But his main opponent, the United Democratic Party alleged that the election was ‘rigged’ and foul is yet to concede defeat.

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