Vice President Aja
Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang has called on political party leaders to maintain a
“Dialogue and cooperation between political party supporters is equally vital to maintaining a peaceful society. The recently concluded electoral cycle of 2016-2018 although generally peaceful, was marred by inciting languages including hate speech along ethnic and tribal lines, as well as discrimination against women by political actors,” she stated.
VP was speaking yesterday at a political party committee dialogue held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Senegambia.
She disclosed that there were reported incidents of violence during nominations, campaign and in some places during the post election period. She added that whilst there exists a campaign code of ethics by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for aspirants, little is done to enforce the code and to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.
VP reiterated that the institutionalisation of the Inter Party Committee (IPC) and operationalisation of the IPC’s MoU will therefore serve as a mechanism for receiving and redressing disputes and differences between political parties
“It is a fact that the New Gambia is inundated with various level of interventions aimed at consolidating the democratic process, strengthening institutions and accelerating development and growth. These efforts, however, may be threatened if a proper and inclusive process of reconciliation and conflict prevention and mitigation are not put in place,” she added.
VP Jallow-Tambajang further explained that cognizant of the fact, the IPC which was mostly dominant prior to the signing of the IPC’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 6th May, 2017, deemed it highly necessary and of utmost importance to institutionalise the IPC and operationalise the IPC’s MoU.
She added that the IPC’s MoU is an instrument to promote political pluralism and political tolerance and facilitate a level ground for multi-party democracy in The Gambia. However, she said, the success of the IPC depends on all Gambians as stakeholders in the process.