By Dawda Baldeh
As the country is heading to the polls to elect a President for the Gambia in a few months, Gambian political parties has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Code of Conduct as guiding principles to ensure freedom of association among political leaders.
The event brought together several leaders from different political parties in The Gambia and was meant to strengthen cordial relationship among party leaders and supporters.
The ceremony took place at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center on Saturday 20, March 2021.
Honorable Halifa Sallah, Co-Chairperson Inter Party Committee (IPC), said, without peace, there cannot be any development. The MoU and Code of Conduct will serve as guiding principles among the political parties in the country.He said, a stable and peaceful political environment is key to national development.
Sallah said, the MoU and Code of Conduct is something the IPC have been working on and is funded by UNDP, he said.
UNDP rep Aissata De, said the role of political parties is vital in ensuring inclusive, democratic and peaceful elections.
UNDP rep, described the MoU and Code of Conduct as significant in preventing post-electoral violence and it’s devastating consequences.
She stressed that the challenges political parties are facing in The Gambia is leaving women behind in political participation.
Aissata De tasked the Inter Party Committee (IPC), through it Co-Chairperson to quickly adopt measures to promote women participation in politics and decision making.
She assured the politicians that UNDP is committed to supporting political parties through the Inter Party Committee (IPC) to sustain Inter Party dialogue, build consensus on partisan issues and achieve meaningful gender equality in politics.
ECOWAS rep in The Gambia Claude Kondor, said he is firmly convinced the MoU and Code of Conduct will promote trust and cooperation among the political parties.
Kondor said the MoU seeks to facilitate dialogue among its members, and further serve as information and experience sharing forum.
Honorable Mamma Kandeh comments Honorable Halifa Sallah and Honorable Musa Ammul Nyassi for chairing the IPC. Adding it will help to address some political threats in the country. He said, this is the first of its kind for political parties to signed an MoU.
Kandeh said the MoU and Code of Conduct will cement the relationship between political leaders.
“Without parties coming together as one nation, there can’t be peace”, he stated.
Kandeh urged his fellow politicians to filter the message to their party supporters and sympathizers.
Musa Yali Bachilly, GAP leader, said IPC chairperson and co-chair did a tremendous work. Bachilly said; “We are the only people who can bring peace and stability in this country”. He urged people to put their differences aside and focus on national interest. “Our political wills should be the interest of Gambian”, he stated.
He said elections can come and go, but Gambia will remain.
Mai Ahmed Fatty (GMC) boss describe the signing as timely. Mai said, the political system is facing some political threats and if the matter is not well address, can lead to serous chaos. As Gambians, “we must hold each other as brothers and sisters to ensure peace and stability.
Other speakers include Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, Bakary B Darboe, Yusupha Dumbuya, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, Kebba Jallow, Ndey Olly Wadda among others who grace the initiative adding the country need peace and stability
Political Parties Signed MoU, Code Of Conduct
By Dawda Baldeh