By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has briefed the media, civil society organizations and political parties on the electoral process.
The usual monthly IEC briefing for its stakeholders, this time focused on the review of the electoral process, the lessons learnt and the way forward post-presidential and parliamentary elections.
In his opening remarks Alieu Momar Njie, chairman, IEC said his institution did a great job during the past elections.
“…both the local and international observers acknowledged that the elections were free and fair,” he said.
He further assured that the Commission would continue to serve the Gambian electorates, efficiently and diligently.
Samboujang Njie, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) gave an overview of the electoral process in the Gambia, and said everything went fine, during the presidential and parliamentary- starting from the voter registration, to election days.
CEO Njie said that the IEC would continue to maintain the credibility and transparency of the election process in the Gambia.
In his intervention, President, Gambia Press Union (GPU), Muhammed .S. Bah lauded the commission having dialogue with its partners, which he thinks will make their work very easy for them.
The GPU President said the media, CSOs and the various political parties are key role players in the electoral process of the Gambia and urged the IEC to continue the monthly briefing to keep people informed about their work.
Samba Bah, Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) representative commended the IEC for the work they did in the past presidential and parliamentary elections.
The GDC representative said the past presidential and parliamentary elections were very free and fair for all Gambians across the country.
Dam Touray, National Reconciliation Party (NRP) representative urged the electoral commission to increase the duration for the voter card replacement for the upcoming local government elections, saying ‘the one week duration was very small during the parliamentary elections’.
The IEC briefing with its stakeholders took place on Friday at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.