By Nyima Bah
The Golden Bee Revolution has embarked on a civic and voter education project which commenced on February 2 and will end on March 31.
The project is designed to providing Kanifing Municipal Council residents with civic and voter education ahead of the 2021 election in The Gambia.
The project seeks to reach at least 200,000 people.
Alagie Cherno Suwareh, CEO of Golden Bee Revolution in an exclusive interview with The Standard highlighted the importance of the project and its impact on Gambian politics.
“Voter education takes place to assist the election administration in its task of delivering a free, fair, efficient and cost-effective election. It encompasses the basic voter information that every voter must have in order to arrive prepared at the voting station and vote on the dedicated voting day,” he said.
He added that the project will help sensitise the electorate on the importance of participating in elections. “It will also provide the background attitudes, behaviours, and knowledge among citizens that stimulate and consolidate democracy,” he added.
He said with a population accounting for about 20.3% of The Gambia, the voter education in the KMC will ensure effective organisation and activism by citizens in support of parties and causes, behaviour by citizens that is appropriate to a peaceful election, acceptance of results and tolerance of the competition and opposition.
“Education on its own cannot sustain democracy. However, education can protect democracy when citizens are supported in their activity by a responsive and democratic state. Indeed, an educated citizenry can even overcome inadequacies in administrative preparations for an election,” he said