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Thursday, September 28, 2023



By Tabora Bojang

The National Assembly Member for Bakau, Assan Touray, wants a private member’s bill to be tabled before the National Assembly asking for President Adama Barrow to vacate State House at least four weeks before the December presidential election.

The UDP lawmaker made this submission during the National Assembly adjournment debate yesterday.

“Honourable Speaker, as we approach the December 4th presidential election, I have not seen in the constitution where it is indicated advising the president to leave or vacate State House till after the election.  This is why I want to come up with a private member’s bill to be tabled before this National Assembly that would ask the president to leave the State House at least four weeks before the presidential election,” he said.

Touray said his proposed bill is necessitated by the fact that the president might “tamper” with the State House before handing over to the president-elect if he loses the election.

“This is very delicate because the sitting president might loot the State House if he loses the election before handing over power to the winning president, and that will cost the state a lot of money,” he opined.

Touray added that he is now in consultation with the relevant stakeholders to ensure the bill is tabled at the next parliamentary sitting.

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