Feb 2, 2021, 9:10 PM
A 21-million-dalasi project designed to help improve data collection and identification of NAWEC obsolete or damaged equipment such as readable meters, transformer poles for upgrade and replacement has begun in earnest.
The vacancy position follows the notification from the Kerewan Area Council of the resignation of the erstwhile Councillor for Kerr Jarga ward, Alpha M. Khan.
Speaking to The Point in an interview at Jokadu Kerr Alhagie Karu, Mr. Ceesay stated that NCCE, established by an Act of Parliament in 1997 is mandated to create and sustain awareness for Gambian people, especially on constitution.
“The by-election is important and is related to the livelihood of Kerr Jarga ward. That is why when the IEC announced the by-election for Kerr Jarga ward and Niamina Constituency, we find it necessary to meet the communities to inform and educate them on issues surrounding elections and by-elections.”
He explained that voting is not a privilege, rather a constitutional right to which all Gambians should partake after attaining the full age and capacity. He further added that voting is mandatory and a constitutional mandate and if one did not vote, its means he/she is violating the supreme law.
Ceesay appealed to the people of Kerr Jarga ward to come out in their numbers and vote for their choice.
“If you look at the voter history in The Gambia, we have more voters in the presidential elections than local government because they regard it as not important. The local government election is more important to me than presidential elections.”
During campaign, he appealed to them to be tolerant and peaceful because all the candidates are natives of Kerr Jarga and are relatives, adding that he wants them to follow the principle of democracy which is a free choice. “Let no one force a brother, sister or relative to vote for someone”, he advised them.
With regards to the delay of the by-election which is not stated in the Constitution, he stated that he may not necessary blame IEC for the lateness because of the coronavirus pandemic that restricts people from gathering.
Speaking on his personal mindset for the introduction of the paper balloting, he said is too late to introduce that kind of ballot because there should be enough sensitisation for the whole country to understand.
The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC) in partnership with The Gambia government through the Trade Ministry and UNDP is currently training twenty-five (25) young food processing entrepreneurs on packaging at National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) in Bakau.
As part of efforts to create a safe environment for students amid corona virus pandemic, Fashion Designer’s Association (FDA) of The Gambia on Wednesday presented 2,350 face masks to the MoBSE at a presentation ceremony held at ministry’s main hall in Banjul.
Havana, April 13 (ACN) Although this year the traditional parade for May Day will not take place, the Cuban Workers Central (CTC) and its national unions called their members today to celebrate the date with initiatives that reaffirm the solidarity of the Revolution and demand an end to the unjust US blockade of the Island.