An NGO, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) has described the just concluded elections in the Gambia as a confirmation of democratic system in Africa.

Speaking on the outcome of the election on Saturday, the Executive Director of the organisation, group, Mr Ajibola Owolabi said the Gambian election had reaffirmed the quest for democratisation in Africa.

Owolabi opined that the political events in many African countries since the tail end of the 20th century had confirmed an evolution of a new political paradigm with high level of consciousness.

According to him, the new paradigm has been institutionalised by the cognitive political culture imbibed by the electorate against crude and subjective ideology of old, which was antithetical to democratic ethos.

The Peace Advocate explained that the pertinent factor that determined speedy and steady development was stable political atmosphere, which was fallout of legitimate government, where the outcome of an election reflected the actual voting pattern of the electorate.

In his words, President Yaya Jammeh of Gambian has really redefined the tenets of democracy in the small African country, which should be a template for governance in the country.

Owolabi argued that the 22-year reign of Jammeh had clearly painted the West African country black among the comity of democratic countries as a jungle, under the whim of a dictator.


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