director of the Commission of Political Debates (CDP) said the Commission had
made crucial contribution to the successful conduction of Gambia’s 2016
presidential election as it created a platform for almost all political leaders
in the country to voice out their views.
At the Commission’s maiden media briefing at the American Corner along Kairaba Avenue on Monday, Bakary Fatty said the Commission was created to increase popular participation of Gambians in national discourse, enhancing political awareness and ensuring accountable leadership.
The Commission was established in 2016 as a non- profit and non-partisan organisation that seeks to serve The Gambia in its pursuit for political correctness, social welfare, and peace in the competitive world of politics.
When asked if the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party representative will participate in the 2021 political debates, Mr. Fatty said they will be contacted just like all other parties but said their participation will be in their own favour.
He said CDP is a neutral institution that encourages political tolerance and freedom of expression.
The Commission is formally billed to launch on 10th October with a symposium on the theme: Importance of political debates. The aim of the launch, according to organisers, two years before the next presidential election, is to start work in earnest with all the stakeholders involved to make a success of the debates.