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PPP calls on Gov’t to set up independent commission to investigate Dec 30 incident

Jan 12, 2015, 10:41 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The party leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Omar Jallow, a veteran politician, on behalf of PPP has called on the government of President Yahya Jammeh to set up an independent commission to investigate the events of December 30, 2014.

Mr Jallow made this call while delivering a statement during a press conference held over the weekend at his Pipeline residence.

OJ, in a statement read on behalf of PPP, said details from reports of the event of December 30, read on state TV on Wednesday are clear for all to know what happened.

“The PPP wishes to re-affirm and reiterate its unflinching support and stance for peaceful democratic change in The Gambia,” he said.

“The PPP is against any form of violence in achieving political power. The PPP has a long history of peaceful change in The Gambia, and has always found a way to unite the country in difficult times.”

He added: “We are calling on the government of President Jammeh to set up an independent commission to investigate the events of December 30.

“The government needs to go back to the drawing board and introduce reforms particularly on human rights, rule of law, the establishment and operation of the independent electoral commission.”

Any elections, from the beginning of the process, such as the registration to the voting, canvassing and counting of votes, should be seen by all to be free, fair and very transparent, he said.

“Only this can guarantee a sustainable and viable democratic dispensation in any country,” he added.

“We the PPP believe that, with a coalition of the opposition, we can win the 2016 general elections fair and square, on a level playing field and fair electoral process.”