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Gambia's Electoral Process Belongs to All of Us - Chief Electoral Officer

Mar 17, 2009, 5:21 AM | Article By: Baboucarr Senghore

Mr Robert Anthony Secka, Chief Electoral Officer at the Independent Electoral Commission, has opined that the electoral process in The Gambia belongs to all and sundry and that it is the business of everybody, and that failure at any stage will be a failure of all the stakeholders.

"The country's electoral process belongs to all of us. It is the business of everybody and failure at any stage will mean a failure of all the stakeholders," Mr Secka said yesterday at the opening of an eightday training on basic election administration.

Underway at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, the training among other objectives, seeks to enlighten stakeholders on the country's electoral process, a theme that would no doubt contribute to a transparent and credible electoral process.

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, the training is long overdue, noting that unless the stakeholders understand the whole process, "we will continue to knock each others head."

The training, which brought together over twenty participants from different political parties, civil society and the media, will address issues ranging from political and electoral systems to formulas of determining electoral results among other electoral indicators.

Mr Secka further confirmed the Independent Electoral Commission's resolve to ensure accuracy and transparency.