Dr. Ismail Ceesay, CA Presidential Candidate

The presidential aspirant of the Citizens’ Alliance Dr. Ismaila Ceesay has reiterated that the party will not endorse any candidate in Saturday’s presidential election.

Dr. Ceesay made this statement following scores of propaganda messages trending online indicating that CA has endorsed a certain political party.

He called on his party stalwarts to uphold peaceful co-existence and let them go out on Saturday to vote in their favourite candidate/party whose political ideology aligns with theirs.

He promised his supporters that the party will issue a statement tomorrow (Friday) to Gambians.

The Citizens’ Alliance was recently involved in a court row with the country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) following the rejection of their candidacy. The High Court of the Gambia has ruled in favour for the IEC to compensate the party D200,000 dalasis and facilitate their (CA) bid to contest the election by resubmitting the missing nomination numbers in Banjul.

This year marks the beginning of the country’s newest political party to throw their weight in the political race.However, their political bid is being truncated by the IEC. Yet, the CA few days ago announced it will sue IEC for contempt of a court order.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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