UN SG Calls for Peaceful, Credible and Transparent Elections in The Gambia

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has called on all protagonists in today’s presidential elections in The Gambia to ensure a peaceful environment conducive to credible, inclusive, and transparent elections.

Speaking through his Spokesperson, the UN Chief also welcomes the completion of the work of the Gambian Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) and the submission of its final report on 25 November to the President of the Republic of The Gambia.

He commends the Commission for its tireless work and urges the Government to ensure speedy follow-up action on the recommendations contained in the report.

The United Nations remains a staunch partner in the transitional justice process in The Gambia and stands ready to continue supporting national efforts towards the full implementation of the Commission’s recommendations to ensure justice, reparations for victims, and closure, as necessary steps towards national reconciliation and social cohesion.

As Gambians prepare to exercise their civic right to vote for their next President, the Secretary-General calls on the electoral management body, candidates, political party leaders, and their followers, through their conduct, to ensure a peaceful environment conducive to a credible, inclusive and transparent presidential election.

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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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