Why is the United Democratic Party UDP withdrawing ør boycotting the GRTS Gambia Radio and Television Services if they Really ready for a DECENT and INSULT free Campaign? Every political party that worths the name in this 21st centuary must base their Campaign on issues and programs and not insults and character assasination. It is of course no doubt to many of the political observers after seeing type of anger manifested by their leader and supporters at all foras. One would be left with no option but ask if the UDP behaviour and conduct contributed to the creation of the Monster in Yahya Jammeh?
Recently a meeting was held on the 8th of November 2021 at IEC headquarters with IEC, MD GRTS and all the political parties, media personnel, PDOIS, UDP, GDC, NUP, NPP and independent (Essa Faal) all the parties are allocated 30 minutes every day for 24 days on GRTS to sell their agenda and political rallies to the Gambian people.
The meeting was chaired by the IEC chairman and all the parties agreed with the IEC and GRTS that all the political parties will be given 30 minutes every day for 24 days of the campaign.
Secondly, it was agreed that each party will be accompanied by a cameraman and a reporter on the entire campaign tour of the respective parties.
Thirdly, it was agreed that the party will choose the footage of their activities that will feature on the television.
Fourth, it was agreed that GRTS will not air any personal attack, defamatory message or insulting message, meaning any message that contains such will be edited in irrespective of party size or influence but the UDP insisted that their message will not be edited (rough message) or boycott the GRTS.
All the other representatives of the parties agreed on all the conditions, except UDP. This is how matters stand.
The 30 minutes airtime allocated to all parties for 24 days is to educate Gambians about their manifestos and all are satisfied with the time allocation. UDP is the de-factor problem in our current political toxic climates it’s stands.