By Alagie Manneh
The Citizens’ Alliance party has announced that it will not be endorsing any political party or independent candidate for Saturday’s high-stakes presidential election.
Announcing its decision not to contest the election, CA said it finds the actions of the IEC to be in “blatant disregard” of a court order which instructed the IEC to process the party’s nomination papers for it to be eligible to stand for election.
The party said because of the IEC’s actions, it is now impossible for it to put forward the name of its candidate Dr Ismaila Ceesay, on the ballot.
“Citizens’ Alliance will neither endorse any political party or candidate nor enter into an alliance with any party or candidate in the upcoming December 4th presidential elections,” a statement signed by Dominic Mendy, the national president of the party affirmed.
It added: “Citizens’ Alliance has instructed its lawyers to commence contempt of court proceedings against the chairman of the IEC for willful disobedience of the order of the court. We continue to reaffirm our trust and confidence in the judiciary and will continue to seek legal redress in the courts. We thank all our supporters, members, sympathisers and the entire Gambian population for their support and for standing by CA during this very difficult period.”