EU Mission Chief: Gambia is making Improvement in the Judicial System and Press Freedom

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: European Union election observer chief to The Gambia has praised the country’s government for what he described as its ‘improvement’ in the judicial system and the situation of press freedom in the country, stating that the reforms are in line with the recommendations made in September 2017.

“The judicial system and the field of freedom of the speech have done a lot,’’ Miroslav Poche said shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Adama Barrow at State House on Wednesday.

But he said more is expected to be done once the ongoing constitutional review process is completed.

Mr Poche said his team is in the country to make a follow up on the recommendations that came in September 2017 EU Electoral Observatory Report of.

According to him, the recommendations addressed pertinent political and civic issues that will be instrumental for Gambia’s 2021 election, such as women participation in elections, campaign financing and the roles of the civil society and the media.

The Follow-up Mission is in the country to assess the progress made in the electoral reform and the status of implementation of EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) recommendations, since the delivery of the final report of the 2017 EU EOM to The Gambia.

The objective of the assignment is to contribute to improving the electoral and democratic framework during the inter-election period and raising awareness and understanding of the EU EOM recommendations and technical issues related to their implementation. In general, the EFM supports the consolidation of democracy, institution building and democratic elections in The Gambia in the context of the implementation of the 2017 EU EOM recommendations.

Ambassador of the European Union to The Gambia, Attila Lajos, together with Mr Poche, will hold a press conference to present the main findings of the mission, with reference to the most pertinent recommendations from the 2017 Election Observation Final Report, Thursday afternoon.

Mr Poche expressed hope that the ongoing constitutional review process will take into account some of the key recommendations from the report.

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