Inter-Party dialogue ends

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stakeholders from different political parties recently concluded a daylong roundtable forum on facilitating inter-party dialogue in The Gambia, at a ceremony held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

The forum that was organised by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue brought together different political parties in the country, ECOWAS representative, WANET, EU among others.

Addressing the forum, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia, Vaba Cayflor, said the current political momentum, the social situation and the upcoming local authority election in April 2018 provide the right time and setting to deepen the inter party dialogue in The Gambia.

He said since the political transition in January this year, EU has been working on promoting dialogue amongst the political parties.

The roundtable as well as the “Roundtable on Coalition management” held earlier this summer, aimed to set practice recommendation as to how to promote political stability, he said.

Ambassador Cayflor expressed gratitude at the opportunity to launch the inter-party dialogue following the tradition of the IPC, as all political parties are indispensable for a well-functioning Gambia.

For his part, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Alieu Momarr Njai, expressed delight with the roundtable on facilitating dialogue in The Gambia for inter-party committee members in charting out a way forward in the new democratic dispensation of The Gambia.

He said the forum couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the memorandum of understanding of the IPC is signed.

The IEC Chairman stated that IEC is open to dialogue with political parties through the IPC and therefore, encouraged the functionality of this important organ in the electoral process.

He thanked the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for organising the roundtable forum.

Author: Fatou Dem