Barrow downplays 3, 5 years stay discussion

Thursday, August 16, 2018

President Adama Barrow says he need not consult any coalition member to stay beyond 3 years as per the agreement of the coalition prior to the 2016 presidential elections, saying that’s the not the important thing now as there are many more important issues to deal with.

Asked if he had discussed with coalition members about extending his stay in power the president said, “I don’t need to discuss with anybody, I don’t need to discuss with coalition members about three years or five years,” he added. “When we say transition period, there are things that we wanted to do in this country. I don’t think we should go for elections just for the sake of elections,” he emphasised. “We are here to correct the system and in correcting that system you have to follow a process. That process is, we needed to review the constitution that is one, we needed to set up a commission of enquiries and it is going on. We need to set up other commissions also with the TRRC that is also going on. I think these are processes we have to follow before everybody is jumping to say we should go into elections after three years,” the president said. “That is not the issue, the issue is let us correct the system first, put good laws in place, reform the process, level the playing field then we go into elections we have credible elections  I think that’s the most important thing.”

He reiterated: “The three years; five years is not important, what is important is let us reform all the processes to make sure we rectify the system. Twenty one years, the system was polluted, we have to correct that and I want all Gambians to be part of that process. Let us join together and make sure we support that process so that we get a very good system in place and we can proceed with elections,” Barrow said.

Author: Picture: President Adama Barrow
Source: Sankulleh Gibril Janko