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Dec polls: NCCE urges Gambians to vote en masse

Dec polls: NCCE urges Gambians to vote en masse

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By Olimatou Coker

Ansumana Ceesay, a senior programme officer at the National Centre for Civic Education, has urged Gambians to come out in their large numbers and vote for their choice of party or candidate in the looming 4 December polls.

Ceesay was speaking recently during a 10-day civic and voter education campaign in the URR.

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The NCCE has deployed two teams in URR North and South simultaneously to conduct face-to-face community sensitisation meetings.

Various villages and settlements in the area were visited by the ofificiais.

The aim is to promote civic awareness for increased electoral participation, and to spur inclusive and popular participation in the elections while promoting political tolerance in a charged political atmosphere.

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Ceesay called on the youth and women who constitute most Gambian voters to continue guarding the democratic gains The Gambia had attained over the years. He advised them to not be allowed to be used as “pawns in the political chess game”

He encouraged every Gambian to remain committed to the country’s pursuit of holding successful, inclusive, credible, and peaceful elections.

“The voter education campaign messages are focusing on the following: the principles of democracy, the importance of voting and holding elections, constitutional guarantee for political rights, nomination requirement for presidential candidates, important dates for the 2021 presidential election, code of conduct for election, political tolerance and its importance. These messages are geared towards empowering the citizen with requisite knowledge for active participation in the upcoming presidential election.”

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