ASP Lamin Njie, Police Spokesman

The Gambia Police Force has issued a release urging Gambians to remain calm and law abiding ahead of Saturday December 4th Presidential Election.

Below is the full details of the release:
ELECTION SECURITY ADVISE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
Fellow Gambians, so far, the events leading up to the 4th December 2021 Presidential Elections including the nominations and campaigns have been conducted in a peaceful manner. This is possible because of the way the electoral stakeholders particularly the contenders and the members of the public conducted themselves.
The Gambia Police Force and the entire security sector views this as commendable and want to thank all for the maturity and tolerance demonstrated.
The upcoming events of the Presidential Election are all crucial and nothing sort of the orderly conduct shown during the immediate past events is expected. Law and orderliness is very paramount during this period and each and every member of the public has a responsibility in this regard.
There would be police presence to ensure orderliness including at the polling stations and centers around the country, as well as to monitor and mitigate any form of disorderliness and breach of the peace.
Meanwhile, the general public is urged to cooperate and support the Police to ensure that remaining presidential election processes are as smooth as possible.
In this light, the public is advised to observe the following;
1. All eligible voters at polling stations are urged to cooperate with police officers to ensure that queuing system is followed and no disturbance occurs to disrupt the voting process.
2. Voters are encouraged to retire to their homes and avoid any form of grouping within or around the polling area/ premises after casting their votes.
3. Voters are advised to avoid wearing T-Shirts or gears with party logos or inscriptions at Polling Centers during the voting.
4. Member of the public are advised against any form of public announcement without authority including of the election results and must wait for IEC to do the announcements.
5. People must continue to remain calm and law abiding, and promptly notify the relevant security institution of any clandestine or suspicious activity.
We once again thank the members of the public and the electoral stakeholders, and look forward to your continued collaboration and support for a peaceful electoral process.
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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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