The United Nation special envoy to West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas has call for inclusive, credible and peaceful presidential election in the Gambia, he was speaking in a press conference at the UN house in cape point Bakau.
He said earlier this year , he came to Banjul as a member of the ECOWAS-AU and UN join High level Mission. According to him, it was during that mission when they reiterated the international community’s support to the people of the Gambia for the electoral process. They also encouraged the political parties to work together to address all disagreements through peaceful means and dialogue with a view to ensuring the conduct of inclusive, credible and peaceful election.
“I have just concluded my second visit in Banjul this year, during this visit I met with the members of the inter-committee, civil society representative, members of the diplomatic community, including ambassadors of EU, UK, the charge d Affaires of Spain and other development partners. I am pleased to informed you that the outcome of my various interactions, which provided an opportunity to discussed issues as well as possible concrete step to contribute to creating the conditions for the successful conduct of the participative, credible and peaceful presidential election,” he said while commending the Gambia government for it strong attachment to democracy manifested by the animated campaigns of the various political parties. “We observe a pre –election atmosphere and it is more conducive to the functioning of the political parties than during our previous visit,” said the UN envoy
The UN diplomat also suggested the need for government to conduct an independent investigation on April demonstration and urged security personnel to provide maximum security throughout the electoral process.
He appealed for the holding of a transparent election and also stressed the importance of a level playing field as a key precondition. “In this respect I would like to remind the Government of it obligation stemming from ECOWAS protocol on Democracy and good governance as well as the AU Africa Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, he said while urging the chairman of the IEC to uphold electoral integrity and the principles of Electoral democracy, ethical conduct, accuracy and transparency.
He added that, political parties and the presidential candidates have a responsibility to defend not only the interest of their own party and supporters but also to safeguard the unity of the whole nation.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow