President Barrow Urges IEC to be Vigilant


Gambia President Adama Barrow who is seeking a second term has called on the Independent Electoral Commission to remain neutral and vigilant in overseeing the voting process.

President Barrow was speaking in Banjul after casting his vote in the capital city Banjul.

Barrow also expressed optimism that he will emerge as the winner with a ‘landslide victory’ and further disclosed that he will accept the outcome of the results.

“I am hopeful that before the end of the day my supporters (NPP) will be out on the streets to celebrate our victory. Everyone has seen our huge crowds during the campaign period,” Barrow said and called on the people to remain calm and law abiding.

The Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission Alieu Momar Njai told the press that the Gambia’s electoral process is the ‘best in the world’.

Njie revealed that the 2016 election mistake was caused by the former Gambian dictator who threatened to bomb the Commission if they did not change the results in his favour, but he (Njai) remained adamant and accordingly declared the results in its original format.

Essa Mbaye Faal, an Independent candidate who voted in Banjul urged citizens to be law abiding whatever the outcome of the results saying “anyone who is not happy with the outcome of the results should go to the courts and challenge the results”.

Mamma Kandeh leader of the opposition GDC called on the IEC to be vigilant. He also appealed to electorates to exercise calm.

The leader of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe who voted in Fajara also called for calm, adding that, any disturbance during election’s will affect the tourism season.

The UDP leader who came with a crochet to vote in Fajara commended the Barrow administration for providing him with 32 security personnel in the entire campaign process.

Additional Reporting by Mafuji Ceesay

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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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