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IEC case against CA’s Ceesay goes to appeals court

IEC case against CA's Ceesay goes to appeals court

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By Bruce Asemota

The suit filed by the Independent Electoral Commission against Dr Ismaila Ceesay and his Citizens’ Alliance party has finally reached the Gambia Court of Appeal in Banjul.

The commission is challenging the recent court decision of Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay that it did not comply with the provisions and spirit of the Elections Act in the nomination of Dr Ismaila Ceesay and Citizen’s Alliance to contest the December 4th 2021 presidential election.

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The commission stated that the judge erred when she declared that the procedure it adopted in the nomination process did not comply with the provisions of the Elections Act Cap 3:01 of the Laws of The Gambia.

The commission also stated that the judge also erred when she ordered Dr Ismaila Ceesay and Citizens’ Alliance to submit additional list of names and signatures for the Banjul Administrative Area.

Meanwhile, it is not clear when the matter would be heard by the appellate court as the record of proceedings from the high court needed to be compiled and sent to the Gambia Court of Appeal.

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Dr Ceesay has since announced that given the paucity of time, he will not contest the election but intimated that the legal process will be seen through.

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