By Almamo Kamaso
Taking the floor in the adjournment debate on Tuesday 6th June 20121, Honorable Sidia Jatta of Wulli West said for decades Gambians living in the diaspora have being denied their right to participate in elections. Hon Jatta indicated that over 137,000 lives abroad, and among this number it has a voting population of 25,000. These citizens are all denied to take part in elections, which is in violation of their constitutional rights.
Jatta said how one would feel if on your way to the registration center and you are stopped from not getting registered; the answer from members was very bad. This is what exactly is done to our citizens living abroad for more than 55 years.
The Wulli West law maker suggests that let all come together and say no elections without the diaspora taking part. He said from Independent to date no government had availed these constitutional rights to our citizens living abroad.
Earlier Hon member for Serekunda West , Hon Madi M.KCeesay raised the alarm that for 56 years no government in the Gambia was serious about making sure that our citizens living abroad be allowed to take part in our elections which is their constitutional rights. He insinuated that no government will be forgiven by these Gambians who are disenfranchised all these years.
Hon Ousman Sillah also re-echoed the same thing, and cited section 39 of the 1997 Constitution which give Gambians living abroad the rights to registered and to participate in our elections. Like the two member he called on government to make all efforts so that these marginalized citizens are registered to enable them participate in the elections.
“No Elections Without Diaspora Voting “ Hon Jatta
By Almamo Kamaso