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WANEP, GIZ launch EMAM Project

Jun 29, 2021, 11:25 AM | Article By: Isatou Ceesay Bah & Jarra Cham

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP) with support from Deutsche Gesellschaft fur and Operations International Zusannenarbeit (GIZ) GMBH, ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture (PSAO) recently launched the Electoral Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (EMAM) project.

The project is aimed at strengthening multi-stakeholder response to election violence and to support inclusive and sustainable dispute resolution architecture that prevents or mitigates political or election related violence in West Africa.

The launch is part of efforts complementing the implementation of the joint project between WANEP and GlZ dubbed- “Strengthening Multi stakeholder Response to Election Violence in West Africa”.

The projects also seek to enhance response mechanisms for electoral dispute, manage result in West Africa with focus on seven countries preparing for presidential elections this year.

These include Cote D’Ivore, Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, and The Gambia.

Speaking at the launch, Fanta Bojang Samateh Manneh, a representative of the Ministry of Interior, described the launch of the project as timely, as the country faces its general election later this year.

She further affirmed the role of government in upholding the task of delivering fair, inclusive and peaceful elections, adding that the project would further consolidate democracy in the country.

“The objective of the project is to recognise the negative impact of past elections such as violence and political tensions which undermines the peace and stability of our country.”

She emphasized the role of CSOs, political parties and other private institutions towards the prevention and management mechanism on election related violence.

She thus called on partners to work with government in ensuring a trouble free election.

Also speaking, Alieu Momarr Njai, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), said election starts with voting and that one must have a voter ID to be able to vote.

“Therefore, I urge all eligible Gambians to register to vote. The Gambia has the most free and fair elections system in the world.”

Robina Namusisi, country representative of the International Republican Institute (IRI), said they would enhance transparency in elections through grants, by looking into activities that would support the mitigation of the impacts of Covid-19 on the election.

“We do continue to support conversation around the election bill which is before the national assembly and also to provide platforms where necessary.”

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