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Team Sabally Applies For Nationwide Protest Permit

Momodou Sabally
The rejected United Democratic Party aspirant for the Busumbala constituency

By Buba Gagigo

Momodou Sabally’s team (Team Sabally) has applied for a two-day permit to protest nationwide against the rejection of his nomination application by the IEC on 10th March.

The information is contained in the letter addressed to the police chief, dated 15th March, and signed by one Buba Sanna Njie.

“I hereby apply for a permit to conduct peaceful protests against the IECs decision to reject Momodou Sabally’s nomination application on Thursday March, 10, 2022 in Brikama; as well as the attendant police brutality that is now becoming a national problem.  

“If approved, the protests will start on Friday at 3 pm at the IEC headquarters in the Kanifing Municipality where protesters will March and submit a written petition to the Chairman of the IEC. Simultaneous protests will be held in all EC regional offices nationwide at the same time with the same intention

“On the following day, on Saturday protests will be held nationwide at all regional police headquarters in all regions of the country where protesters will deliver written petitions to the regional police chiefs regarding police brutality” the letter stated.

The two proposed nationwide protests are scheduled to commence at 3 pm on 18th March and end at the same time on 19th March. 

On 10th March at the IEC office in Brikama, Mr Sabally submitted his credentials to run for the Busumbala constituency in the 9th April National Assembly election. But Commissioner Anthony Robert Secka, Returning Officer for the West Coast Region for the 2022 Parliamentary Election informed Mr Sabally that Section 90 (1)(e) of the 1997 Constitution has disqualified him from running in the said election.

Momodou Sabally however appealed the decision on the following and the appeal  was rejected by the IEC.

Meanwhile, Ebrima Dibba, deputy national organizing secretary of the United Democratic Party last week applied for a permit to protest against the same decision, but the police on ‘security reasons’ did not grant Mr. Dibba’s request.

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