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Team Sabally Submits Petition For Delivery To IEC

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Left- Buba Sanna Njie (holding an envelope) with other members of Team Momodou Sabally standing in front of the Gambia Police Force Headquarters in Banjul on 18th March 2022

By Buba Gagigo

After submitting their petition to the Inspector General of Police on Friday morning, Buba Sanna Njie of Team Momodou Sabally said the inspector General of Police has told them during a meeting that he will invite the independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to receive the petition.

“We have made an agreement that let us come to the police and have a meeting with the IGP and submit our petition to the IGP. The IGP has assured us that, he is going to be in touch with the IEC and he is going to invite them here today (Friday) or Monday to make sure that they received our petition,” he told Kerr Fatou at the Police Headquarters in Banjul shortly after submitting their petition to the police chief.

On the issue of Kebba Chatty, the unarmed UDP supporter physically assaulted by the police on the day Sabally’s nomination was rejected, Njie said that the IGP had informed them that they have already opened an investigation into the matter and have already identified the culprit.

“The IGP told me clearly that he had already opened an investigation into this issue and has already identified the culprit and they are going to be prosecuted. The IGP told me clearly that they are going to send someone from the police to go and check on Kebba Chatty and they are going to take care of his issue,” he said.

Earlier on Friday Team Momodou Sabally submitted a petition to the IGP for onward delivery to the electoral commission for rejecting their aspirants application to contest for the Busumbala constituency in the 9th April parliamentary election.

In the petition, the team demands the commission to reconsider Sabally’s nomination, among others.

“The IEC accepts Momodou Sabally’s nomination as he has fulfilled all the published requirements of their nomination criteria; the IEC cannot and should never exclude Momodou Sabally from exercising a right, the Constitution guarantees for all citizens. Mr. Sabally cannot be punished for the recommendations of the Janneh Commission where others from the same category are elevated and rewarded by this same government. Therefore, the Barrow administration must fire the current Finance Minister, Chief of Protocol, Director General of SIS and the Minister of Interior.

“That government equally acts on the recommendations of the Janneh Commission and bans TK Motors from doing business with The Gambia Government. The Police High Command launch an investigation into the police brutality meted out against one Mr. Chatty and other affected parties in the aftermath of the rejection of Mr. Sabally’s  nomination with a view to dismiss and/or prosecute the police officers found wanting in this case. We submit the foregoing petition with respect and pray that the demands are met without undue delay,” the demands on the petition by Team Sabally read. 

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