completing a successful election, Alieu Momarr Njai the chairman of the
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has finally affirmed to the press that a
total of 120 councilors have been duly elected.
He therefore urged Gambians to return to normalcy by seeing The Gambia as one country.
Chairman Njai reminded that the Local Government election is the first election that allows candidates all over the country to debate and answer questions from the public, saying it is new in the country, while expressing hope that it would continue in future elections.
“The election was done freely, fair and transparent way,” he said. “The candidates that are not elected will know that their people don’t vote them but IEC has done their part as expected.”
“The election is over now and that we should see The Gambia as one country and one people. “During the campaign period there were differences, but now, those who won should know that it is their turn and I wish all those who lost for success next time. This is politics and in politics, there are always winners and losers. We pray to Allah that the peace and tranquility that we are enjoying continue so that the government moves toward its development plans.”
The IEC chairman stressed that they are so much concerned about the low voter turnout and will do all their best with their partners to sensitise the public about the importance of elections.
He called on voters to come out and vote in the upcoming mayoral and chairmanship, saying that voters’ card is only meant for voting purpose and not for any other services.
He thanked UNDP, participants, IEC staffs and party leaders and their candidates and over 10, 000 people that were working for IEC during the election.