IEC breaks its silence over APRC crisis

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The Independent Electoral Commission has stated where it stands regarding the crisis that has gripped APRC.

Former President Yahya Jammeh last Friday pushed APRC into a crisis when he called his supporters and told them he was sacking the party’s executive members. His reason was that they entered into an alliance with NPP without his blessing.

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But the parties leaders led by Fabakary Tombong Jatta have insisted Jammeh doesn’t have the power to dismiss them.

But the spokesman of the IEC Pa Makan Khan told The Standard: “It is a legal requirement for all political parties to conduct bi-annual congresses from which they will select their executive. So, for somebody somewhere to just dissolve an executive elected through a congress has no legal basis and doesn’t hold water.

“We have the list of the APRC executives and the party leader is Fabakary Tombong Jatta. This is what stands as of now and until they go to congress in two years time, the FTJ executive is the legitimate one as dictated by section 105 of the Elections Act as amended in 2015.”

 

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