Author: Gainako

By Baba Galleh Jallow It is election year in The Gambia, and yes, as we speak, voter registration is ongoing across the country. Social media is awash with fervor, as Gambians urge each other to go register and vote come December 4, and with pictures of proud citizens brandishing their voter’s cards. It is pleasant to see Gambian individuals, civil society organizations, music groups and various community organizations engaged in voter registration sensitization exercises across the country. This spirit of interest and engagement with our electoral process bodes well for Gambian democracy. Never Again to the monopolization of the political…

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As in any job, one is hired to perform a particular task and deliver services to a company’s stakeholders. The same thing applies to the President of any democratic nation who is evaluated on his or her performance, especially in an election year where one is seeking a mandate for another term. The presidency is the highest office in the country and therefore the President should have higher standards of evaluation and measure of success and/or failures. As the old adage goes, time is the fairest and the best judge of assessing the impact, successes and failures of any situation.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Independent Electoral Commission has issued its second week of “Provisional Statistics of Voters Registered” indicating that a total of 376,092 Voters Cards have been issued from 29th May 2021 to the second week of Registration. Week one registration was from 29th May 2021 to 4th June 2021. It’s expected that Week two is from 5th June 2021 to 11th June 2021. It can be seen that 184,583 Voters Cards were issued in week two, meanwhile, 191,509 Voters Cards were issued in the first week. This means that almost 38% of the total target of registered…

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By Dr Baba Galleh Jallow YES IT IS TRUE Dear Family and Friends, I wish to confirm that I have tendered my resignation to the President and given him notice that I will be leaving my position as Executive Secretary of the TRRC with effect from July 31, 2021. The mandate of the Commission expires on June 30 and according to our schedule, the final report and recommendations would have been submitted to the President before July 31. As at this time the Legal Team assisted by two consultants and a team of legal assistants and our Research and Investigations…

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When Gambians voted for the coalition government in December 2016, they voted for a meaningful change – a change to instill a democracy and good governance structure that will empower all  Gambians to begin shaping their country. Majority of the voters aspired for a democratic reform that will consolidate human rights and end the cycles of political reprisals, fear and intimidation that existed in the country. Gambians voted for a government that will work hard towards providing public goods and basic social services (improved healthcare, education), reduce poverty and to protect the environment. The youth population voted massively in 2016…

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2nd Int’l Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference (IMDEC) gathers pace as African ports attract $50 bn investment H.E. Vice President of Ghana Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia will participate at the largest maritime security exhibition and conference in West Africa Ghanaian Navy and Air Force will host over 15 Chiefs of Navies, Chiefs of Air Staff and 300 international Senior Officials Press Announcement Date: Accra, Ghana and Dubai, UAE; June 07, 2021 News Highlights As much as 95 percent of all kidnappings at sea in 2020 occurred in the Gulf of Guinea; Actual and attempted piracy attacks in the West African…

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Introduction The CSO Coalition on Elections-The Gambia spearheaded and coordinated by WANEP-The Gambia is a homegrown national platform established in 2006 to facilitate and enhance CSOs’ participation in elections and electioneering, democracy and good governance. With a membership of 30 Civil Society Organizations, the CSO Coalition on Elections continues to participate and influence public policy through election observation and conflict monitoring. A team of 53 observers have been deployed in all the seven administrative regions to observe the general voter registration exercise. In this preliminary statement, the Coalition offers a summary of key observations in the first ten days of…

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Child labour rises to 160 million – the first increase in two decades. The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn 9 million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. NEW YORK/GENEVA, 10 June 2021 – The number of children in child labour has risen to 160 million worldwide – an increase of 8.4 million children in the last four years – with millions more at risk due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF. Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward – released ahead…

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By John Charles Njie, Chairperson of TANGO Welcome Speech: National Multi-Stakeholder Conference on Next Steps for a New Constitution Salutations and acknowledgements When Gambians decided for change of leadership, we indeed voted out a leader but not him alone but the system that kept us enslaved under tyranny and promoted the violation of our rights as a people repeatedly. We, as a people were elated and expectant, hoping that not only have we ushered in a new leadership that would in the least meet our noble aspirations, but also a system that would NEVER AGAIN promote dictatorship. A system that…

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By Gambian Talents Promotion Gambian Talents Promotion has yet released another COVID-19 Vaccine theme song this time featuring the King of Afro-Manding Jaliba Kuyateh and Galaxy of Gambian Stars. This comes barely 2 weeks after the organization released an Afro-fusion version on 25th May 2021 which features 14 of the country’s most popular artists of the younger generation and modern music singers. With support from the Washington Department of Health and All-in Washington, GTP launched a three months campaign in April 2021 to encourage Gambians and West Africans in Washington and elsewhere to take the Coronavirus vaccine. “We have already…

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