By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Inter Party Committee (IPC) has enjoined political parties and their supporters to promote violence free election campaigns ahead of the December polls.
“In the IPC’s quest for political parties, their candidates and supporters to adhere to the highest standards of electioneering and promote violence free election campaigns in the run-up to the December 4 presidential elections, the IPC has committed the leadership of the 18 political parties to sign a peace pledge- dubbed ‘the Janjanbureh peace accord’, which was developed during the IPC 3rd quarterly breakfast meeting on September 25 and re-validated at the 4th IPC quarterly breakfast meeting on October 26,” Musa Amul Nyass, IPC co-chair told the media on Saturday.
He expressed delight that all the leaders of the 18 registered political parties, including the incumbent, have signed the peace pledge.
Nyassi added that the IPC would request nominated independent candidates to subscribe to the peace pledge, following their successful nomination.
The commission co-chair urged all political party leaders and their supporters to accept in good faith the results for a peaceful electoral process because the December presidential elections is a great opportunity for all Gambians and friends of The Gambia to build the country’s democratic gains.
The Inter Party Committee made these remarks on Saturday at a press conference on its activities on the current electoral process.
Political parties established the IPC as a forum for dialogue and cooperation to promote its MOU and code of conduct as well as promote national reconciliation and ensure consensus building among political parties on contested political and electoral issues.