GDC Nyambai Ward candidate: my ballot box was turned

Monday, April 16, 2018

Alieu Janneh, the candidate of The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) in the Nyambai Ward in the just concluded Local Government elections has told The Point that he found his ballot box turned while voting was ongoing.

“We come across some malpractices as we were touring the voting centers across the Ward with a view to see how the election was going on. The ballot boxes were not in order and we go to another polling station I found that my ballot box was turned. I decided to call the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) returning officer, Sambujang Njie, to report the matter who later came and addressed the issue,” he said. 

APRC Nyambai Ward Candidate

The candidate of the former ruling party Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) in the Nyambai Ward, Lamin Ceesay, also told our reporter that at the voting centre at Nyambai Babagalleh that there was a misunderstanding between him and the presiding officer. “I was not happy with the way the ballot boxes were arranged because the IEC laws say that the ballot boxes should be arranged according to alphabetical order. I tried to correct the presiding officer but she refused, then I decided to inform the IEC returning officer Sambujang Njie, who came and solved the problem. 

The IEC chief electoral officer, Sambujang Njie, who doubles as the returning officer for the local government election in the WCR said they did not, received any reported case of incident as far as the voting was concerns. The voter turn-out, he acknowledged, was relatively low as he went around in almost all the voting centers.

Commenting on the allegation advanced by the GDC candidate of the Nyambai Ward with regard to his ballot box being turned while voting was ongoing, the IEC chief electoral officer said it was news to him despite the fact that he has been touring the voting centers at Nyambai.

Author: Momodou Jawo