GPDP fears IEC’s worst in Mayoral Elections

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spokesperson for Gambia Party for Democracy and Progress (GPDP) has expressed fear of the Independent Electoral Commission’s worse miscalculation of results, again, in this scheduled Mayoral election.

In an exclusive interview with this reporter, Mr. Abdoulahi Mendy recalled how the IEC repeatedly made “errors” during the Presidential and the Local Government elections, arguing that worse could even happen in this mayoral race.

“IEC should be giving credible results to the general public… if they are to give us two different results wouldn’t we question their credibility,” Mendy asked, warning that a repeat would make their credibility questionable.

It could be recalled that IEC revisited the results of the recently held Local Government elections to clarify “mistakes” made in the initial announcement.

IEC director of Training and Communications, Joseph Colley, assured that the electoral body is prepared “to conduct an error free election. In a nutshell we are assuring the general public that those mistakes are a thing of the past,” he said, when this reporter reached out to him at his office this week.

Mr. Colley further stated that the chairman of IEC, Alieu Momarr Njai, will just announce the final results in all the seven administrative areas in this mayoral and chairmanship race.

Meanwhile, politicians like Mendy are not holding any punches against the electoral body, warning that lives are involved in elections. The journalist turned-politician also added that the IEC should put its house in order ahead of the Mayoral election come 12 May 2018, arguing that the elections body should be responsible enough to guide the Gambia through a fair transparent and credible mayoral election.

“IEC should stick to its announcement whenever it does so,” Mendy said, further stating that failure on the side of the IEC in the Mayoral election will put their credibility at great risk.

Author: Modou Lamin Joof
Source: Picture: Mr. Abdoulahi Mendy