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DCAF commences regional dialogue ahead of presidential election

Oct 14, 2021, 2:17 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

As part of strengthening awareness creation on peace building for communities across the country on the forthcoming presidential election, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) in partnership with WANEP Gambia on Monday started a five day regional dialogue.

The objective of the regional dialogue is to promote security sector responsiveness and accountability in the framework of elections in The Gambia.

The regional dialogue accorded participants the opportunity to discuss issues relating to achieving peaceful elections, and the role of security forces before, during and after elections.

Ansumana Kinteh, Police Commissioner for North Bank Region, in his remarks at the opening in Kerewan underscored the role of security forces in ensuring public order and peace before, during and after elections.

He expressed the Police readiness to ensure people’s lives and properties are protected. He challenged youth to be ambassadors and not sacrifice themselves for politicians.

According to him, ‘politics comes and goes but we continue to live together as citizens.’

He further said that people have the right to vote for their parties of choices but that should not warrant them to misbehave during the campaign period.

Lamin Saidykhan, Governor North Bank Region commended DCAF for the initiative. Governor Saidykhan also cautioned people about the abuse of social media and its negative impact on our society.

He appealed to all and sundry to preach peace as elections is fast approaching in the country.

Lower Badibu Chief Fabala Fadia Kinteh described the dialogue as a step in the right direction and challenged Gambians to do away with violent elections.