Members of the media were stopped from accessing the National Assembly to cover the first reading of the Constitution Bill, 2020. Besides three media houses namely; QTV, GRTS and EyeAfrica TV all other media personnel were denied entry. The Gambia Press Union have released a presser highlighting that they are engaging the authorities on the matter. It is expected that if the Constitution Bill tabled today 14th September 2020 is promulgated into law, it will usher in the Gambia’s Third Republic.
Chased out of the National Assembly Premises
CRC “Third Republican Constitution for the Republic of The Gambia”
“The National Assembly of the Gambia earlier today, September 14, 2020 conducted the first reading of the Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia Bill 2020. The second reading of the Bill is expected to be conducted tomorrow September 15, 2020.
Honorable, Attorney General and the Minister of Justice Dawda A. Jallow was in attendance and he presented a copy to the National Assembly.
The CRC Draft Constitution is one of the most important document ready to be tabled for discussion at the parliament for consideration.
If the document is approved by the parliament [the bill] will subsequently go through a referendum for an endorsement from Gambians. And this will eventually usher in the Third Republican Constitution for the Republic of the Gambia.”
Gambia Press Union “Engaging the Authorities”
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) have written a press release explaining that they are currently engaging the authorities and denies any involvement in the plan to sideline other independent media houses besides QTV, EyeAfrica TV and GRTS.