Hon. Mai Ahmad Fatty, Leader of The Gambia Moral Congress

The Leader of Gambia Moral Congress, Mai Ahmad Fatty has said his party is hopeful that the Independent Electoral Commission will do the right thing to ‘correct errors’ and allow him to join the six qualified candidates to contest the Dec 4 presidential election.

“We are optimistic that the error made by the IEC would be corrected, and we would join others in a contest of ideas to present attractive policy alternatives to the electorate,” Fatty, a lawyer turned politician said on Sunday morning in a statement released while congratulating his peers cleared by IEC to run for President.

“I wish to congratulate all those who have been duly nominated, Fatty added, saying: “As we vigorously pursue our right of appeal against the improper rejection of our nomination bid, using all legal avenues, I wish to congratulate all those who have been duly nominated. We consider this a temporary set-back and a clear test of our Faith. In both adversity and times of ease, we must always renew our Faith in Allah and Praise His Glory. And indeed we thank and Praise Allah ad infinitum, for this new opportunity to renew our unflinching Faith in His Omnipotence.’

His statement further reads: “ This temporary challenge we experienced, has not by any means negatively impacted our confidence in Gambian democracy; our strong confidence in the promise of our country’s future remains unshakable. We are resolute in our resolve to lift our peoples out of poverty, resolve the perennial issue of youth unemployment, food security, better and affordable healthcare, an education revolution that transform lives, affordable and secure energy supply, general access to clean, potable water, real reforms, especially security sector reform, gender equity and deliver better standard of living for our peoples and more…”

He urged his supporters to remain calm as they explore legal avenues to challenge the IEC’s decision.

“ For GMC supporters, and non GMC members who have confidence in my patriotism, I urge you to remain calm. We shall follow due process and every legal recourse available. I have confidence in the rule of law and in The Gambian judiciary. As a Faith Nation, we must never forget that ultimately, God is always in control of our affairs. I am a proud Gambian, and my conviction to serve has been further stultified by this new challenge. We shall emerge stronger as a country, more united in our determination for collective prosperity and in building a Gambia of our dream.”

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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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