The government of The Gambia and the European Union on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate an EU Election Observer Mission to the Gambia for the upcoming 2017 Parliamentary elections.

The Gambia’s parliamentary elections is slated for April 6 and nomination opened Thursday, March 9, 2017 countrywide.

EU Ambassador to the Gambia Attila Lajos signed on behalf of the European Union while Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad signed on behalf of the Gambia government.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Lajos said the signing is another milestone in their relation with the Gambia.  He said the EU has always shown and continue to support the democratization process of the Gambia.

According to him, the visit by the top EU diplomat to the Gambia in February 2017 was a symbolic event and shows the EU’s readiness to continue to support the Gambia.

“Today, what we signing is to enhance what we agreed on during the February visit of the EU Commissioner. This is the first time we will have a full fledged EU Observation Mission in The Gambia” he said.

For his part, Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad who signed on behalf of the Gambia government confirms that since February 2017, the EU has gone big way in establishing engagements with the Gambia.

According to him, as a government, they are committed to ensuring free, fair and credible elections. “We don’t want to attest to our own elections but others should do it for us” he said.

Minister Darboe assured that the Gambia government will give full and free access to the EU Observer Mission to monitor the parliamentary elections.