Author: Yusef Taylor

Yusef Taylor, commonly known as Flex Dan is an editor and practising journalist based in the Gambia with a keen interest in human rights, the economy and good governance among many others. He continues to break news on the economy, human rights violations and is highly engaged in security sector reforms, constitutional reform and the transition of the Gambia from dictatorship to a democracy, the NewGambia. Yusef has been working with Gainako as a media practitioner from 2015 to date. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with 5 years of Design Consultancy experience.

By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT One Mr Momodou Jallow representing the Association for National Reorientation and Development Party (ANRD) raised concerns that the Voters Card he was issued with was of very poor quality. In his own words “the quality is not there”. Mr Jallow was speaking at a dialogue between Political Stakeholders at the Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center on Saturday 25th June 2021. During his presentation delivered in the presence of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Vice Chairperson, Joe Colley and Chief Electoral Officer, Sambujang Njie, Mr Jallow was adamant that he wanted to show his card to the…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Institute of Hardware Technology (IIHT) the Gambia told Gainako News he always had the vision to turn “this country to a semi–Silicon Valley of the sub-Saharan region”. IIHT Gambia graduated some 160 students on Information Technology related courses at Baobab Hotel on Sunday 27th June 2021. Silicon Valley is a well-known place in the San Francisco Bay Area in the United States of America which serves as a world leader in high technology and innovation. It is a very wealthy area that generates huge revenue for the United States.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT A building contractor directly opposite Kairaba Police Station has blocked the public from accessing Kairaba Avenue by dumping their unsorted construction waste on a road right next to traffic lights. The road in question is a small access road opposite Kairaba Police Station and connected to the main Kairaba Avenue. On Monday 28th June 2021 I observed that the road was filled with all manner of sharp and bulky construction waste material which can be seen in the images and videos. After observing the waste blocking the road to Kairaba Avenue I spoke to a Gambian…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has issued 720,394 voters cards by the end of Week 4, edging closer to their 1 million Registered Voters target. The Voters Registration Exercise started on 29th May 2021 and is expected to end in approximately two weeks on 11th July 2021. To meet their target the IEC must issue almost 280,000 voters’ cards between 26th June to 11th July 2021. A look at the weekly statistics shows that the number of registered voters is declining every week with this week featuring the sharpest decline. The second week featured 6,900…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chairperson of the Gambia’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Emmanuel Joof says he “finds it very funny that representatives of parties are advising their party leaders to be present” at a dialogue with political stakeholders attended by only one Party Leader and a number of Party Representatives. The high-level meeting organised by the Center for Research and Policy (CRPD) was well attended by the Independent Electoral Commission and Civil Society Stakeholders at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center on 25th June 2021. “Dr Ismaila Ceesay is here he’s a good example. But the others…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released its third Statistics of provisional registered Voters highlighting that almost 557,000 voters cards have been issued so far. The Voters Registration process started on 28th May 2021 and is expected to run for 6 weeks ending on 11th July 2021. IEC’s third press release on the “provisional number of registered voters” highlights that more than 55% of IEC’s 1 Million Registered Voters target has been achieved. At this rate, it is expected that the IEC will register more than 1 million voters. There has been a significant reduction in…

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Mahaa D Hammer Media Team Gambian musical artists Mahaa D Hammer is set to launch the Yaga Sorna EP at Tallingding Bantaba on Saturday 26th June 2021. The golden voice reggae dancehall artist is set to launch his album Faith soon after the Yaga Sorna EP this Saturday. This will be Mahaa D Hammer’s third musical project. The Faith musical project started with a solo track “Yaga Sorna” from the upcoming album Faith. After having good feedback from the Idubs music team, we decided to invite few artists to join and express themselves to say their stories in different aspects.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia Press Union (GPU) held a public dialogue at Brikama Wellingara Prayer Grounds where they spoke to the local community on Access to Information and Elections. The dialogue was coordinated in collaboration with the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Vice-Chairperson Mr Joe Colley, the Gambia Police Force Spokesperson ASP Lamin Njie and Mr Sainey Bah of the National Human Rights Commission who made speeches and responded to the public’s queries. Also present at the dialogue was the Governor of the West Coast Region and the Alkalou of Wellingara. The dialogue afforded citizens the opportunity to raise…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Two students held up signs reading “Fighting Corruption starts at School Level” and “Corruption Kills our Future” at the launch of the Anti-Corruption School Champions Initiative. The initiative launched by the Anti-Corruption Coalition the Gambia (ACCG) dubbed Civic Cubs/ Clubs aims to inculcate a culture of accountability, transparency and patriotism within students. The event took place at St Charles Lwanga Parish Hall at Fajikunda, gathering almost 300 students, including some 30 students from the Disability Community together with a sign language interpreter. The Initiative was launched by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) on…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) released a “Provisional Statistics of Voters Registered” on June 7th 2021, indicating that almost 200 thousand voters cards have been issued from 29th May to 4th June 2021. The registration period started on 29th May 2021 and is set to conclude on 11th July 2021. If this rate of issuing 191,509 voters cards in the first week is maintained, the IEC will register at least 1.14 million voters over 6 weeks. The high turnout in week one is highly welcomed despite the numerous challenges facing the Voters Registration process such as…

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