Say no to vote buying! Voting wisely in this April 9 2022 parliamentary elections entails critical thinking about the current situation in the country.  

Mar 30, 2022, 12:22 PM


In the absence of real political parties that are supposed to present the basis for choosing candidates, the task of ‘voting wisely’ is more difficult. That makes this forthcoming election very important.

Hopes are already high among various aspirants. The country’s fragile democracy after 22 years of brutal dictatorship is once again being put under test.

It is sad, however, to read in the news of reports of vote buying in some areas. In our Tuesday’s edition of The Point, The Election Watch Committee (EWC), a consortium of three Civil Society Organisations has alleged that its observers have reported witnessing or hearing reports of buying voters' cards. This news is not only worrying, but goes to paint a bad image for our democracy. The committee also reported use of hate speech or inflammatory language during campaigns on social media.

Some politicians have already mastered the art of duping voters with the highest price in their bid to win the elections. However, that would only portray a bad image for the country’s fragile democracy.

Perhaps, many voters have already decided already for whom they will cast their ballots. But the report, if it is true, has the tendency to influence the minds of many voters ahead of the election going by the daily realities of life.

Let’s elect candidates who will listen to us, know our concerns and are ready to address our concerns. Remember that parliamentarians have a great role as far as national development is concerned; as they deal with passing of laws and these laws have a great impact on our society.

Again, parliamentarians should also protect and promote practices that are conducive to self and community development.

However, we’ve seen in the past, where some rubber stamp lawmakers would vote where the majority lies. This is because they lack self confidence to freely express themselves.

Those are the types of MP’s that would not contribute anything positive and tangible in addressing the plight of people, who voted them into such offices. Let’s be careful of such in this election.

Let’s be careful for those bent on these clandestine vote buying as the date inches ever closer. Don’t give them that listening space. They will be knocking at your doors at night.

Remember that ‘your vote is your power’, so vote wisely.

Read Other Articles In Editorial
Malaria cases to increase in Gambia!
Jun 3, 2020, 1:19 PM

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has sounded the alarm with the release of its recent annual rainfall forecast, predicting a surge in malaria cases as high temperatures, high relative humidity (above 60%) rainfall and thick vegetation cover provides fertile grounds for the survival of the vectors and development of the parasites.

Good Morning Mr. President: On burning issues of the day
Nov 30, 2020, 9:37 AM

Mr President, it is a fact that your government is doing well in maintaining the democratic order and civil liberties under a climate of peace and tranquility.

Women and Sustainable Development Goals
Sep 19, 2023, 11:54 AM

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts.

On TRRC report
Dec 30, 2021, 11:39 AM

On Friday 24th December, The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) made its final report public,  which cataloged rights abuses, further recommending prosecution of officials found wanting in the worst atrocities committed from 1994 to 2017.