Almamy Fanding Taal, the spokesperson for the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), has told NewDay that his party is confident of winning an emphatic victory in the forthcoming presidential polls slated for December this year.
“We have an open-and-shut-case that can be presented to Gambians, and we believe that Gambians, in their best interest, will vote overwhelmingly for the UDP,” he said, further emphasizing that there is no possible scenario in which the UDP loses the polls.
“The evidence is pointing to only one thing and that is an overwhelming victory for the UDP,” he said.
Taal was reacting to a recent statement by Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, party leader and presidential candidate for the Citizens’ Alliance, who expressed doubts that President Barrow has the will to ensure free, fair and credible elections come December.
Mr. Taal said 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.”
Asked if the UDP believes the IEC is credible and competent enough to hold a free, fair election in December, after the controversy that surrounded the last presidential election when former president Jammeh accused the electoral body of “serious and unacceptable abnormalities”, Mr. Taal said the UDP has faith in the electoral body.
However, he revealed that there are certain concerns, especially about the voter registration exercise. “We are not satisfied with their level of preparedness, and we think this would lead to misunderstandings and people having doubts about the transparency of the process, and it is up to the IEC to come out and clarify things as much as possible.”
He further said Gambians sometimes forget that “reforms that are necessary to change not only the electoral process or the constitution are systematic reforms, but people are not talking about that, instead they are making wild predictions.”
Published on June 16, 2021