UN envoy to visit Gambia ahead of polls

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An envoy of the United Nations, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will be arriving in Gambia to hold talks with government officials and leaders of political parties ahead of presidential election, a press release from the UN office has stated.

Chambas is the special representative of the UN secretary General for West Africa and Sahel and he is expected to arrive in the country on November 9.

“…Mohamed Ibn Chambas will visit Banjul from 9-10 November, 2016. The purpose of his visit is for consultation in the context of the ongoing electoral process in The Gambia,” the press release stated.

“Chambas is schedule to hold meetings with senior government officials, development partners, NGOs representatives and leaders of political parties. At the end of his meetings, Chambas will hold a press Conference at the UN library on 10th November, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.”

Gambians are heading to polls on December 1 and the nomination for presidential candidates is starting on November 7 while the 13-day campaign period kicks off on November 16.

Gambian opposition have formed a seven-party coalition, the largest in history, to take on President Yahya Jammeh who will be seeking his fifth term.

However, one opposition movement, the Gambia Democratic Congress is not part of the coalition.

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