Gambia: GRTS policy and political party coverage ahead of elections

GRTS should write to all political parties to communicate its policy on covering political party activities before the campaign period.

The electoral law empowers the IEC to ensure equal coverage of candidates during the campaign period. However, it does not cover political activities during the campaign period. It is the management of the GRTS that should develop policies on the coverage of political activities before the campaign period in accordance with the principle of fairness established by law during the campaign period.

If the management of the GRTS continues with uneven coverage, it will violate article 26 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of every citizen to public service.

Section 26 reads as follows:

“Every capable and adult Gambian citizen has the right, without unreasonable restrictions – (c) to have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in The Gambia.”

In addition, section 33 which protects a person against discrimination reads as follows:

“(1) All persons are equal before the law.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (5), no law shall make any provision which is discriminatory in itself or in effect.

(3) Subject to the provisions of subsection (5), no one shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by a person acting under any law or in the exercise of the functions of a public office or public authority.

(4) In this section, the expression “discrimination” means to accord different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions according to race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion. or other, national or social origin, property, birth or other status by which persons of such description are subject to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of other such description are not, or are granted privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of any other such description.

(5) Subsection (2) does not apply to any law to the extent that that law provides:

(a) in respect of persons who are not citizens of The Gambia or who qualify for citizenship;

(b) with respect to the qualifications prescribed by this Constitution for any position;

(c) with regard to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property in the event of death or other matters of personal law;

(d) for the application in the case of members of a particular race or tribe of customary law with respect to any matter in the case of persons who by virtue of that law are subject to that law. .. … .. “

Foroyaa calls on the GRTS management to take note of this.

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