ECOWAS Mission Urges Candidates to Respect Election Results


By Mafugi Ceesay

The ECOWAS Election Observer mission has called on candidates in the Gambia’s presidential election to respect the results of the vote. The  subregional election observer mission urged party’s to resort, if the need arises, to legal channels to resolve any electoral dispute.

Meanwhile, the mission comprising of five former heads of state namely Ernest Bai Koroma, Goodluck Jonathan, Obasanjo and John Mahama Dramani issued a statement endorsing the peaceful, calm and orderly conduct of the polls.

Ernest Bai Koroma who read the colective mesage said despite the controversies, accusations and counter accusations that led to the rejection early Sunday 5th December 2021, of the results announced, by three Gambia Presidential candidates, the ECOWAS Mission can confirm that the electoral process was calm and peaceful with no major incidents reported.

The mission recommend IEC to continue communicating the development regarding the electoral process to the general public and promptly share information in order to discourage misinformation through social media and other means.

The Incumbent Adama totally sweeped Saturday’s polls beating his opponents by an overwhelming margin above 50 percent.

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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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