IEC’s independence will protect integrity of polls— Barrow


The standard bearer of the opposition coalition has advised Chairman Alieu Momarr Njai of the Independent Electoral Commission to ensure independence in the institution’s conduct of elections ahead of the December presidential polls.

Barrow, who described Njai as a “peaceful person”, argued that the independent of the IEC will not just ensure free, fair and transparent elections but the result will be accepted as it would have been “the verdict of the people”.

“…If the IEC does its job independently, it will be good for our democracy,” he said, as the IEC cleared him as a contestant in the country’s presidential election.

“… We are going to respect all the codes of conduct governing elections in this country,” he added.

Barrow, 51, was the leader of the United Democratic Party who resigned from his party to contest on an independent ticket for an opposition coalition of seven parties including the independent candidate Isatou Touray.

The parties in the coalition are the United Democratic Party, National Reconciliation Party, Gambia Moral Congress, Peoples’ Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism, Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress, National Convention Party, Peoples’ Progressive Party and the independent candidate Isatou Touray.

Barrow showed up for nominations at the IEC in accompany with all the traditional opposition political leaders of the country who are Hamat Bah, Halifa Sallah, Omar Jallow, Dembo Bojang, Mai Fatty, Isatou Touray and others.

Alieu Momarr Njai has assured the members of the coalition that the elections will be “free, fair and transparent”.

“The registration system is 100% accurate… The voters’ list is 100% accurate. The results cannot be doctored by anybody,” Njai assured the coalition.

The IEC boss also enjoined Barrow and his colleagues to ensure a non-violent campaign to preserve the “peace that this country enjoys”.






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