The EFM met a wide range of Gambian stakeholders -including H.E. President Barrow, members of the Government of The Gambia, the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Assembly Members, political parties and representatives of civil society- in order to assess the progress on the implementation of the 2017 EU EOM recommendations and discuss ways to achieve further progress in this regard.
The EFM found that significant strides have been made in interpreting pre-existing legislation in line with international standards for democratic elections. The mission has encountered widespread consensus among interlocutors that electoral and constitutional reform are necessary. In a press conference, Mr Poche emphasized that “The Gambia is in a period of transition, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to promote legal reform and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Much legal reform has already been initiated in an inclusive process. It is important that these reforms come to fruition in advance of the next election, to provide legal certainty for stakeholders.” The report highlights several recommendations that should deserve priority attention in order to reinforce the integrity of the future electoral processes.