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Hamat Bah tasks journalists to sensitise Gambians on voter registration, elections

May 9, 2011, 1:37 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The leader of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP), Hamat Bah, has tasked Gambian journalists to use the media to massively sensitize the Gambian populace on the ongoing voter registration exercise, and the forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.

Hamat Bah, who was speaking recently during a symposium to mark World Press Freedom Day, organized by the Gambia Press Union, also warned of the consequences of registering foreigners, adding that this is detrimental to the future of the country.

"We will not allow foreigners to register in this country. This will no longer be tolerated as far Hamat Bah and NRP is concerned," he declared.

According to him, registering foreigners and giving them national documents like the voter's card has future consequences as they will have a say in the governance system of our country.

"The situation in North Africa and Ivory Coast are clear lessons for many African leaders who are subjecting their people to oppression," he said, adding that the media is a fundamental pillar of change as they are also influential.

He urged journalists to embark on a massive sensitization campaign to make sure that Gambians are aware of their right to vote in an election.

The NRP leader commended the media for their efforts in disseminating information to the people.

"You cannot be a professional one day; you must read and study hard in order to become a professional. You are all determined to be professionals, and I urged you to keep up the good work you are doing," Bah told journalists.