Ismaila Ceesay, party leader and presidential candidate for Citizens’ Alliance, has expressed doubts about the resolve of the incumbent Gambian president to ensure free, fair, and credible presidential elections later this year. Ceesay said: “He reneged on his three-year promise; failed to deliver the promised reforms; jilted the diaspora by extending the franchise; and ditched the draft constitution.”
“President Barrow will not deliver a free, fair, and peaceful election,” said the political science professor, who also urged Gambians to waste no time in figuring out and rejecting what he termed: “Pseudo-Democracy”, a situation where, although people may cast ballots during scheduled polls, citizens are actually cut off from any real knowledge about the activities of those who exercise power over them or have a true sovereign say in the direction of their societies.
Speaking further to NewDay on his claims, Dr. Ceesay said he was seeking to emphasize “the fact that Barrow will attempt to manipulate the electoral process to favor his bid for a second term.”
Lamin Queen Jammeh, the spokesperson for President Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP), described Dr. Ceesay’s claims as “mere talk,” asking if the CA presidential candidate has “anything” with which to substantiate his claims.
“We are rather in the business of providing credible alternatives to what is very clearly a failed transition and democratization process,” he said. “What is important in a sober environment is to substantiate whatever one alleges; without that substantive element, all these claims become speculations.”
“It is very easy to talk, words cost nothing, and anybody in a democratic system can say anything at anytime, anywhere,” the NPP spokesperson said.
NewDay also contacted Pa Makan Khan, director of communications at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), regarding Dr. Ceesay’s claims that the president isn’t showing the necessary political will to ensure a credible poll.
“Adama Barrow would be the right person to answer that,” he said. Almamy Taal of the UDP also refused to be drawn into the argument, telling NewDay that “the UDP is not in the “speculation or prediction business”. “We are rather in the business of providing credible alternatives to what is very clearly a failed transition and democratization process,” he said.
Published 1 year ago on June 16, 2021