By Ramatoulie Jawo
The six presidential candidates on Thursday signed a code of conduct for the conduct of peaceful elections in The Gambia.
Ousainu Darboe of the United Democratic Party Candidate, Abdoulie Jammeh of the National Unity Party and Independent candidate, Essa Mbaye Faal were present; Mama Kandeh of Gambia Democratic Congress and President Adama Barrow of the National People’s Party were represented; while Halifa Sallah of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism was absent but a photo of him signing the code of conduct was presented at the occasion.
The Ghanaian Diplomat Muhammed Ibn Chambas and International IEDA facilitated the event funded by the United Kingdom government.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission Alieu Momarr Njai urged the 6 presidential candidates and their supporters to adhere to the code of conduct and to ensure that the election goes free and fair.
He assured Gambians that the IEC would make sure that the election is transparent and be in accordance with the laws of the Gambia.
Diplomat Muhammed Ibn Chambas, one of the eminent persons at the occasion said this year’s election would be unique because The Gambia has a ‘new democracy’.
He called on the presidential candidates to empower women and give them space to participate in national development when they come to power.
The six candidates made a commitment that they would adhere to the code of conduct and ensure that the message is passed onto their supporters for a peaceful election on December 4.