Gambia: Jailed former minister’s party de-registered

Election authorities in The Gambia have de-registered two opposition parties, one of which was found by a former local government minister currently serving a six-month jail term at Mile 2.

Lamin Waa Juwara, the founder of the National Democratic Action Movement, was found guilty on negligence of official duty and was sentenced on April 18.

In a press release issued today, the election authorities, Independent Electoral Commission, said the two opposition political parties have failed to meet the benchmark set by the country’s new elections amendment act, 2015.

The commission said that it does not “recognized as a party” the National Democratic Action Movement (NDAM) and the Gambia Democratic Party on grounds that they have not met “the requirements”.

It also revealed that the National Alliance for Democracy and Development (NADD) has “notified the Commission of its dissolution” and is thus not seen as a party.

However, all major political parties were found to have met the requirement.

The APRC, UDP, NRP, PDOIS, NCP, PPP, GMC, GPDP were those that met the requirements.

Among the requirements were setting up of offices in every region in the country and writing an undertaken to submit an annual audited account to election house, among others.




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