Gambia: ESR observes that Covid-19 protocols are not respected during the elections

The Electoral Situation Room (ESR) as part of its mandate to observe the electoral process in The Gambia, reported on Saturday April 9, 2022 that it observed that Covid-19 protocols had not been adhered to by citizens throughout the electoral process.

The Electoral Situation Room is specifically designed to observe, report, analyze, facilitate the response to violence and threats, among others, before, during and after elections throughout the country.

Dr David Tommy, chairman of the National Election Respond Group, said Covid-19 is still with us, but unfortunately it has not been heeded by voters and politicians.

He recommended that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), political parties and the public ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols to avoid an increase in cases.

The report also recommended that political actors respect the provisions of electoral laws, the code of conduct for political parties and the voluntary code of conduct even after the elections.

The report further called on all stakeholders to be tolerant of the pre- and post-election process as well as to be faithful to the ideals of peace and social cohesion.

The ESR is a data collection center operated by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Elections, The Gambia, in partnership with the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), The Gambia.

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