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CPD commences National Assembly debates 2022

Mar 28, 2022, 12:34 PM | Article By: Isatou Ceesay-Bah

Following a successful National Assembly debates in 2017 and the recently concluded 2021 presidential debates, the Commission on Political Debates (CPD) with funding from the National Democratic Institute (NDI) has started conducting debates for candidates contesting for seats in the National Assembly in the Banjul North Constituency (Banjul City), Serrekunda West Constituency (Kanifing Municipality) and in Foni Bondali Constituency (West Coast Region).

CPD provides the avenue through which candidates share their policies and programs. The overall objective of the debates is to promote accountability, peace and stability during the electoral period.

The Commission however started the 2022 Parliamentary National Assembly debates on Wednesday 23rd March with candidates from Banjul North at Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.

Following the birth of the Commission, the country witnessed its first ever political debate in the political history of The Gambia. The debate was organized in partnership with the International Visitor’s Leadership Programme now called US EPAN-The Gambia and the National Youth Parliament. 

The success of the 2016 Presidential debates culminated into a series of debates organised by the Commission together with its partners such as the US Embassy, Banjul and the National Youth Council. The highlights included the 2017 Parliamentary debates, 2018 Mayoral debates and current affairs debate. 

Its most recent activities included a consultative meeting with all political parties, courtesy call meeting on all media partners, Women Leaders training on Policy debate powered by the US Embassy, Banjul, and the 2021 Presidential debates sponsored by the National Democratic Institute.

Bakary Fatty, executive director for CPD stated that the 2022 parliamentary debate and the interest around it shows how far they have come, adding that they came up with the debates to serve the country and encourage political openness, good governance and accountable leadership. 

Hanna Foster, board chairperson for the Commission on Political Debate wished everyone peaceful and credible parliamentary elections, adding that they organise the debates to give candidates the opportunity to share their policies, intervention and programmes with electorates to help them make inform choices about who to vote for.

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