Dr. Ceesay Says Gambia’s Electoral Chief is a “Dictator”


Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, Presidential Aspirant for the Citizens Alliance (CA) party has described the Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a dictator, alleging that the CEO of IEC is one man responsible for all decisions on who should contest or not the Presidential elections.

Dr Ceesay was addressing a Citizens Alliance press conference hosted at the party’s secretariat on Friday, where he announced CA will kick-off its campaign on Sunday.

“One man runs the institution as we speak and that is Sambujang Njie, he decides what happens, he decides who will run and who will not run. An institution like IEC cannot be run by one man, that is dictatorship,” Dr. Ismaila stated.

He added: “The Chairman of the IEC is weak, and not in charge of that institution.  It is Sambujang Njie who controls. We are privy to credible information, the stakeholders have asked them to allow and follow due process and in fact will give extra support to make sure due process is followed but Sambujang is saying no and that he must ensure that citizens alliance is not on the ballot box.”

He described the actions of the chief electoral officer as pitiful and vindictive, arguing that Sambujang Njie needs to be restrained or he will singlehandedly jeopardise the peace and stability of the country.

“In fact, I will say this with confidence and am going to repeat it because I want everybody to listen to this. We have credible information and evidence that Sambujang Njie has allying with a particular political party in this country,” the CA Party Leader alledged.

“We are going to reveal that evidence when the time comes. We are doing this for our country because we don’t want our country to burn, that is why we are doing this.”

Dr. Ceesay further stressed that the chief electoral officer of the IEC is allying with a certain political party he is conspiring with to ensure CA does not contest in the Presidential election.

He told the press that Citizens Alliance will be starting its Presidential campaign on Sunday, 28th November, 2021.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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