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Momodou



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Posted - 12 Nov 2021 :  21:02:01  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
CA TAKES IEC TO COURT

The Point: NOVEMBER 12, 2021


By Bruce Asemota

https://standard.gm/ca-takes-iec-to-court/



Citizens’ Alliance party led by Dr Ismaila Ceesay has filed a petition at the high court against the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), judiciary sources have confirmed to The Standard.

Dr Ceesay is challenging his rejection by the electoral commission as being qualified to contest the presidential elections scheduled for 4th December.

Dr Ceesay was one of 15 party leaders and independents whose nomination papers were rejected by the IEC, effectively penciling them out of the race.

Dr Ceesay and five others appealed their disqualifications and after considering the appeals, the IEC affirmed their earlier decisions, with the commission saying its decision is final.

Meanwhile, our sources could not confirm whether the matter has been already assigned to a judge but there is indication that the petition will be accorded a certificate of urgency.

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Momodou



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Posted - 23 Nov 2021 :  21:06:15  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Breaking news: The High Court of The Gambia has just declared that the rejection of the nomination of Citizens Alliance’s Dr Ismalia Ceesay by The IEC was not in accordance with the applicable Electoral Laws of The Gambia, the court has also ordered IEC to Pay Dr Ceesay and CA D200,000.

Source: Kerrfatou

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Momodou



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Posted - 25 Nov 2021 :  20:33:37  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mai Fatty gets all-clear to contest election

NOVEMBER 25, 2021

By Bruce Asemota

https://standard.gm/mai-fatty-gets-all-clear-to-contest-election/

Mai Ahmad Fatty, the presidential candidate of the Gambia Moral Congress, has been cleared to contest the forthcoming presidential election by the High Court, presided over by Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay.

Justice Ceesay’s decision came barely 24 hours after she delivered a similar verdict in favour of Dr Ismaila Ceesay of the Citizens’ Alliance, who too petitioned IEC over his rejection.

In her ruling in the Mai Fatty case, she declared that the Independent Electoral Commission did not comply with the Elections Act.

She further declared that the IEC’s rejection of Mai Fatty is null and void and tantamount to violation of his constitutional right to contest the presidential election on December 4.

Justice Ceesay revealed that the High Court has jurisdiction to hear and entertain this matter, noting that she totally disagrees with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice’s representative that she doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the matter.

She ordered that the IEC should allow Mai Fatty to get fresh and additional nomination list of names and signatures.

She disclosed that the court has the discretion to award cost and therefore awarded the sum of D200.000.00 as cost against the Independent Electoral Commission.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Standard after the victory, Mai Fatty said: “The ruling today [Wednesday] reinforces our confidence in the new Gambian judiciary. Gambian democracy has been further consolidated and our Republic is the winner. Every Gambian can be proud that a Republican Constitution has yet again been accorded its rightful status in a democratic State. We went to court not only to protect and enforce entrenched Constitutional right, but moreso to establish the principle that officials entrusted with such humongous powers comply with the law. IEC is a creature of statute. Its employees or officials hold awesome powers of political hell or heaven on nominations.

Such extraordinary powers can be easily abused or misused. That was what the IEC did in my case. They intentionally misapplied the law to disenfranchise us. And worst still, there is clear evidence that the IEC has not learnt its lessons and appears not ready to make amends. The consequences may strengthen our democracy or set the country ablaze.

Our action in court is intended to protect future leaders who aspire for the highest office to be treated in accordance with the mandatory requirements of the law and not according to the subjective inclinations of anyone.

We are fully prepared and to get on the trail, although they intend to absolutely frustrate the effects of the court’s ruling in all manner possible. We will conduct a press conference tomorrow [Thursday] to speak to the Nation about the way forward.”


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Momodou



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Posted - 26 Nov 2021 :  12:14:23  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
IEC to appeal rulings at Court of Appeal
The Point: Nov 26, 2021


https://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/headlines/iec-to-appeal-rulings-at-court-of-appeal

“The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that following the filing of petitions at the High Court by Ismaila Ceesay of Citizens Alliance and Mai Ahmad Fatty of Gambia Moral Congress, the Court delivered ruling with respect to the said petitions on the 23th and 24th November, 2021.”
"While the IEC respects the decision of the Court, it will exercise its Constitutional right of appeal at the Court of Appeal of The Gambia."

“The Commission remains committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections and would continue with its preparations to successfully conduct the presidential election on 4th December, 2021."

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