Jan 15, 2013, 9:58 AM
The Lower Saloum by-election takes place today 6 August 2015.
The challenge is between Kaba Touray, who is contesting on the ticket of the ruling APRC party, and Modou Bamba Gaye of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP).
The two candidates and parties are confident they have conducted their campaign well, and are now going in for the polls banking on the people to decide who they want to represent them.
In the run up to the polling day, both candidates and parties have been expressing hope of going to have the upper hand through winning the hearts and minds of the electorate.
Well, by the end of the day, all shall know who has really attracted the trust of the electorate of Lower Saloum to be elected to represent the people of that constituency.
In any case, our call still stands: that is, the need for a peaceful, free and fair election to be ensured by the IEC and the candidates and supporters of both parties.
Peace is a priceless commodity that is always ensured by justice and fair play.
The IEC has been handling such situations professionally, from the process of electioneering to the voting on polling day.
So it is expected that the same momentum or condition will prevail over the Lower Saloum by-election.
We are also of the belief that both candidates have played the game intelligently and with high sense of responsibility and purpose, hence they are looking up to a free and fair election.
The electorate, on the other hand, should not forget that we are one large family that keeps the peace, for which we as a nation are known all over the world.
The Gambia is a peaceful nation, and we must always endeavour to maintain that peace at all times – including during and after elections.
“All we are calling for is a peaceful, free and fair election.”