Ruling party, opposition to sign MOU ahead of polls

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The Torch has been reliably informed that the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction and opposition parties will be signing a memorandum of understanding ahead of country’s presidential polls slated for December 1.

The signing of the MOU will be done at the Kairaba Beach hotel at 5pm on Tuesday, Hamat Bah of the National Reconciliation Party confirmed to The Torch.

“It is true that we are signing a memorandum of understanding at Kairaba… It is just meant to help in ensuring that each of us plays by the rule as indicated by the electoral law,” Hamat said.

This memorandum, The Torch has learned, is going to be a replica of a similar agreement signed by opposition and APRC in 2005 also at Kairaba brokered by Commonwealth and Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president.

In 2005, Obasanjo and Commonwealth brokered talks between Gambia government officials and the opposition which resulted into the establishment of an inter-party committee.

The task of the Committee was to serve as a platform of negotiation in case there is any problem but overtime it became ineffective until it was recently revived.

The Committee was renewed on advice of the UN resident coordinator in the country Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje and other stakeholders.

President Jammeh will be seeking his fifth term in office.

Gambia opposition parties have formed a coalition with the exception of only one party, a unity opposition never had in their 2 decades struggle against Jammeh.

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