PANAFRICAN CORPS OF ELECTORAL OBSERVERS SATISFIED WITH ELECTION RESULTS

By Saikou Suwareh Jabai

The Panafrican Corps of Electoral Observers (CPOE), noted with great satisfaction the results issued from the polls, saying it panafrican-corps-of-electoral-observers-satisfied-with-election-resultsbore  the fruits  of  the  maturity  of  sovereign  Gambian  people  that  have expressed freely their will without pressure and discrimination.

The organisation unveiled their take on the just-concluded presidential election in a press briefing on Monday 5th December, 2016 at Serekunda. 

The Chief of Mission, Mr. Mahamat Souleymane Doukhane, said the official  results  were  announced  according  to  the  Electoral  Laws  of  The Gambia  by the Independent  Electoral  Commission  on the 2nd  December 2016, with the election of Mr.  Adama Barrow with    45.5% of the votes cashed follow by Yahya Jammeh, outgoing President with 36.7% and Mr Mama Kandeh with 17.8%.

He said based  on the outcome  of the  great  democracy    manifested  by the Gambian  people during the Presidential  election of December 015 2016, their mission  noticed with great  attention  the    courage,  patience,    determination  and  Fair  Play  from  the political  actors  in The   Gambia  who  have started  a ball rolling  for  the  African Continent to learn from.

Taking into consideration all aspects of the electoral process, he added that their mission in The Gambia applaud the sincerity and honesty of the process according to Gambian laws.

“In  conformity  with  regular  holding  of  Presidential  election  in the  country,  the Republic of The Gambia organized the 2016 Presidential polls to cement the democratization pr6cess accompanied by a political will combined with positive contribution from all stakeholders in the country,” he said.

Mr. Mahamat Souleymane Doukhane noted that this  very  important  exercise  has  attracted  interest  from  Africa  and  the  entire World due to the free information received from the different candidates vying for the highest  position in the country  during their campaign  trails in every part of the country.

He said: “We have examined and analyzed the speeches of the candidates thus relatively positive but in some cases putting the traditional peace of The Gambia in question.”

While commending the ‘on the spot’ counting initiative, the Chief of Mission stated that  the election  was  held    without  interruption and it was conducted according to international standards of free, inclusive, democratic, free expression and transparent.

“We urge The Gambian Political class    to consolidate  the maturity and responsibility  that  the  Gambian  people  have  demonstrated  during  the electoral  process    and  every  actor  should  endeavor   to  jealously  safe guard the peace and  national unity that prevail in the country. It was a Win-Win situation for the gallant sons of The Gambia mapping a positive point in the democratization process in the Gambia,” he added.

In conclusion, the Mr. Mahamat Souleymane Doukhane, called on the Gambian Political Class and all the national actors to work together for the new era in The Gambia championed by the looser and the winner of the presidential election through the spirit of fair play and patriotism.

He urged them to inculcate the values of dialogue during any reforms in order to consolidate the peace which is the first value for any democracy.