Dodou Capy Joof the chairman of the Gambia Football Federation GFF Election Committee has spoken of his commitment to uphold the principle of fair and to deliver a free and fair election. In an apparent reference to the current GFF election process social Mr Joof who is currently on international assignment in Algeria said on social media that he was elected to hold a free and fair election and he will make sure that is done.
“My nomination as chairman of the GFF electoral Committee is to conduct fair and free election, I have not vote am not a member of any club or region. Protecting my image and dignity is more important to me than supporting any individual. I know that I am a real Muslim and what is left for me in life I cannot sacrifice e it for anyone,” Mr Joof stressed on social media.
Mr Joof’s comments came on the heels of a big uproar after his committee disqualified 5 candidates from the opposition Malick Sillah’s camp. The rejected candidates have since appealed against the decision accusing the electoral committee of allowing themselves to be manipulated by the GFF who devised forms and methods of nomination processes that is not found in either the constitution or the electoral code. They also accused the electoral committee of rushing to make decisions within hours relying on telephone conversations instead of more professional and conventional legal means of obtaining written evidences.
The Electoral Committee in a letter addressed to the various rejected candidates nominations were either not satisfactorily authenticated or gave false information each of which is a base for disqualification.
Meanwhile The Standard reliably learnt that the GFF had started calling its appeal committee members to convene and preside over the appeal process.