Aug 3, 2020, 2:58 PM
The death has been announced of Alhagie Alieu Mboge, a prominent Muslim elder in Banjul yesterday at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital. He was the president of Banjul Muslim Elders.
It is widely speculated that the president may use the pandemic to his advantage and delay both the presidential and constitutional referendum elections next year which raised concerns among some Gambians.
But Mr. Barrow for the first time has publicly assured Gambians that important national events will hold.
“I assure all Gambians that my government is determined that the general elections will be conducted in 2021, as scheduled.”
According to President Barrow, the determination to hold the general elections in the scheduled time is driven by national interest superseding selfish interest.
He continued: “My conviction is that, whatever our position or belief may be, we should always concede to the national interest, and forego selfishness.”
According to the Independent Electoral Commission 2021-23 electoral year released in July 2020, the Presidential election is scheduled for 4 December 2021 and the Constitutional Referendum 6 months earlier, that is 5 June 2021.
President Barrow tabled the Draft Constitution through the Justice Ministry after the presidential review of the draft law without omitting any clause despite fears he would, especially the presidential two term limit of 10 years which affects his current term.
The assurance to the people publicly that the general elections will hold in 2021 as planned – is a sigh of relief for many according to a political analyst.
The 164th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020, has revealed that the country has registered 4 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of COVID-19 in the country to 3,617.
Rohey Jatta, the widow of late Haruna Jatta, who was allegedly killed by members of the ECOMIG Forces during a peaceful protest in Kanilai – the home village of former President Yahya Jammeh, has urged the government to investigate the death of her husband and bring the killers to justice.