ECOWAS Election Observation Mission calls for peaceful election in Gambia

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The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to The Gambia, Prof. Kwadwo Afari-Gyanhas, appealed to all political stakeholders to ensure the country’s April 6 Parliamentary elections are held in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity so as to consolidate the gains of democracy in the country and the region.

Speaking at a press conference held yesterday held at the SeaView hotel Kololi, the head of the ECOWAS 20-member mission commended the Gambian Government and people for the reasonably peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the country and expressed the hope that the positive trend would be sustained during and after the National Assembly polls.

“ECOWAS is here to observe the parliamentary elections as further demonstration of its commitment to accompany and support the Government and people of the New Gambia in the country’s political progress and development for the benefit of all,” declared Prof. Afari-Gyanhas, who also led an ECOWAS needs assessment mission to the country last February.

He said this was in the aftermath of the December 2016 Presidential election, won by the opposition party after 22 years of the administration of former President Yahya Jammeh, now exiled in Equatorial Guinea.

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