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CA makes court u-turn decision

Dec 10, 2021, 11:47 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Citizens’ Alliance party (CA) has made a u-turn regarding plans to take legal action against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).


A court had ordered the IEC to allow Citizens Alliance (CA) leader Dr. Ismaila Ceesay contest the just ended presidential election. 

The IEC, however, disregarded the court order and CA then asked its lawyers to begin contempt of court proceedings against the chairman of IEC Alieu Momar Njai.

But in a statement yesterday (Thursday), CA said it is disinterested in legal action in the interest of unity.

The statement said: “Having regards for the conclusion of the electoral processes and in order to move on and unify the country, the Citizens’ Alliance (CA) has instructed its lawyer not to pursue the contempt proceedings against the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Alh. Alieu Momar Njie, for violating a court judgment and order in the former’s favour.

“CA is conscious of the fact that the penalty for contempt of court is possibly an imprisonment, and that it will not be of national interest or CA’s interest to pursue a criminal proceeding that may possibly lead to the imprisonment of an elderly states man in the person of the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Momar Njie.

“This decision was arrived at by the CA National Executive Committee for the sake of the overriding national interest. Meanwhile, CA will continue to institute proceedings for compensatory damages against the IEC’s ill-informed decision against the party and its candidate leading to the non-participation of the party and its candidate, Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, in the recently concluded presidential election.”

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