Halifa Sallah-Essa Faal presidential debate: What court-going Dr Ismaila Ceesay says

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Dr Ismaila Ceesay has reacted to Saturday’s debate between People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism leader Halifa Sallah and the independent Essa Faal.

Sallah and Faal squared off on Saturday at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Centre on five important issues including health, education and agriculture. It’s the first time in history Gambia presidential candidates are made to debate on policy.

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Dr Ceesay who is in fact the political leader who provoked the idea of debate in the post-dictatorship era reacted in a tweet on Sunday: “Great debate yesterday. Both Hon Sallah and Mr Faal were outstanding. Views learned, voters benefitted from policy options and our democracy gained.

“We thank @CPDGambia for organizing the debate and equally thank Hon Sallah and Mr Faal for participating.”

Dr Ceesay would have taken part in the debate but for his disqualification as a presidential candidate by the Independent Electoral Commission. He has since sued the IEC at the high court in Banjul and is hoping the court will overturn the IEC’s decision to enable him run in the election next month.


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