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AU sends FJC to Botswana as election monitor

Mrs Jahumpa-Ceesay who was also deputy speaker of the Ecowas Parliament left Banjul for Gaborone on Friday and is expected back home soon. 

The observers were dispatched by the African Union Commission chairperson to monitor the Botswana general elections which will be held on 24  October.

Mrs Jahumpa-Ceesay has vast experience in election monitoring and observation. Although she has become a well-known face in election monitoring and observation across the Ecowas region, this is her first engagement with AU as an election observer. 

FJC who recently bagged a doctorate degree in international relations from the Zoe Life Theological College, Philadelphia, United States also holds a higher national diploma from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre in Ghana. FJC obtained a higher diploma certificate in print journalism at the Centre for Foreign Journalists in Reaton, Virginia, USA in 1995. She is a scion of the Jahumpa political dynasty.


Career path

Mrs Jahumpa Ceesay’s career began with her employment as an announcer at Radio Gambia. She later joined the Gambia Airways Limited where she rose to the position of cargo supervisor and public relations manager in April 1993. She joined the Daily Observer as a freelance reporter and wrote Family Focus for the The Point, writing on women, children and political issues. 

In recognition of her commitment to women and youth development, she was appointed woman councilor at Banjul City Council in 1985 and became the first woman deputy mayoress of Banjul in 1989. She was appointed by President Jammeh as director of press and public relations at the Office of the President in 1997, a position she held until January 2002 when she got nominated to the National Assembly by the president. In February 2002, she was nominated to the Ecowas Parliament. 

Mrs Jahumpa-Ceesay is the former coordinator of Economic Community Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) and the first woman to be appointed deputy speaker (4th) in the Ecowas parliament.


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