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IEC re-opens, after ‘imminent security threat’

Dec 29, 2016, 11:02 AM

The reason for the sudden closure and takeover of the headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission by the military was because of an “imminent security threat”, the government has said.

In a press release issued yesterday, the outgoing government said now that the threat has abated, the commission would be re-opened with immediate effect.

Below is the statement from the government:

The Government of the Gambia hereby informs all staff of the Independent Electoral Commission that they can return to work with immediate effect. 

The reason for the temporary closure of the commission head office was because of an imminent security threat namely, that the building was going to be burnt down.  Now that the threat has abated, the IEC head office will reopen.

However, there will be visible security presence around the compound.

In a separate development, the Government of The Gambia is aware of all the fake news that have been published locally and internationally mainly on online news sites and blogs.

The Government of The Gambia assures all citizens, residents and friends of The Gambia here and abroad that The Gambia remains stable and peaceful and that there is no undue cause for worry and people should continue to go about their daily businesses in the normal way.

The Gambia under the leadership of His Excellency the President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh Babili Mansa will continue to jealously guard the stability of the nation and ensure the maintenance of peace and security.