Gambia’s Electoral Commission has ordered all registered political parties in the country to hold a biannual congress before December 31.

The country’s electoral body has compulsory laws for political parties to hold congress every two years, to determine which of them is active.

“We have given deadlines to all political parties to hold biannual congress before 31 December 2018,” IEC chairman, Alieu Momarr Njai said.

Chairman Njai told The Fatu Network that the electoral laws have it that all political parties must hold biannual Congress.

“We want to know who the executives are, whether they are active. We want to know when and where they are holding the Congress so that we can observe it,” he said.

He added, “We want to observe because we don’t want it to be a handful of people just for the sake of having Congress.”

There are measures to be taken against those who fail to comply as stipulated in the country’s electoral laws.