Fellow Gambians, following the announcement of the final Presidential Election results 2021 and the declaration of the winner by the IEC, the Office of the Inspector General of Police has noticed with concern, gatherings with violent tendencies and obstructions.

These are causing panic and alarms within the population which should be avoided. Without restraint, any form of post electoral violence will jeopardize our legacy for tolerance, maturity and peacefulness.

This Office therefore, strongly urges all Gambians to remain calm and go about their normal lawful business, and avoid acts that can lead to a breach of the law. We are advocating for legal means of addressing our concerns as citizens.

Moreover, it is the responsibility of all Gambians to safe guard the peace and tranquility that makes us the envy of others. Hence we are particularly encouraging the leadership at all levels to engage their followings for law and order to prevail.

To this end, the Office of the IGP wishes to once again implore on all individuals to cooperate with the police to ensure that no form of post electoral violence erupts in this country. It is doable and we have collectively manifested that during the nominations and campaigns.

Furthermore, we want to warn all that we will not allow this country to fall in to a state of lawlessness and any individual or group found wanting would be dealt with strictly according to Law.

We thank all Gambians and the electoral partners for supporting the police and look forward to a continuation of the same support for peace and tranquility to reign.

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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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