When the crisis in Guinea Bissau erupted, The Gambia Government took the posture of a mediator and was counselling the opponents to put national interest before partisan or tribal interest. Now the government is bent on carrying out its own agenda for electoral reform without consultation with other stakeholders.
The Bill aimed at imposing a Million dalasi fee for registration of political parties which are not supported by state funds is seen as an attempt to stifle opposition parties in the name of promoting the birth of more organised parties . In actual fact it is promoting more patronage in party formation and maintenance. It is a means of consolidating decadence in politics as people spend more only to ask more of the tax payers’ money to recover electoral investments after victory.
In the same vein, the raising of non refundable deposits is seen as a sign of stifling democracy and genuine multi party contest.
Foroyaa will continue to monitor the next step. Will the National Assembly members pass the Bill? The future will tell and history will inform posterity who did what.