By: State House Communication Unit 
President Adama Barrow today received at the Statehouse four fomer Presidents, H.E Gen. Olusegun of Nigeria, H.E Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, H.E Ngalema Motlane of South Africa and H.E GoodLuck Jonathan of Nigeria, as heads of Commonwealth, ECOWAS, AU and, WAEF Election Observer Missions, respectively. The President also received Mr Norbert Neuser, EU Chief Observer.
Head of Commonwealth Observer Mission H.E Obasanjo told the press after a closed-door meeting with President Barrow that the Barrow administration is the one that brought The Gambia back into the Commonwealth, adding that elections are an important aspect of democracy that is not a destination but a journey. He noted that what he has seen on the ground so far reflects the degree of preparation for transparent and peaceful elections.
According to H.E Koroma, the ECOWAS head of mission, the regional body was involved in the country’s transition period even before the elections. He explained that the team is in the country to assess the space provided to Gambians in terms of peace, security, and other aspects, as well as to ensure that democratic credentials are strengthened and peace is maintained.
All of the observers expressed their excitement for an election in which the people’s will is respected.
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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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