The Gambia based Smart Business Group (SBG) has filed a petition with the Independent Electoral Commission demanding a fair treatment on the IEC’s pending Voter Registration Contract, sources close to the IEC have intimated to the Freedom Newspaper. The petition entitled: RE: IEC VOTER REGISTRATION MATERIALS stated: “That the contract of this magnitude and with its sensitivity should be given to a Gambian-owned businesses thus, Smart Business Group has the financial capacity and is committed to pre-financing the entire project bearing in mind the impact of the Global pandemic on the economic status of The Gambia.”
The petition was copied to President Adama Barrow, the Secretary General, and The Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA).
“That the Capital Flight of over three million US dollars should be avoided to the greatest extent possible by giving the envisaged contract to a Gambian-owned business. The developed/foreign countries including those that participated in this tender have never given such type of contracts to businesses owned by non-nationals,” the SBG petition posited.
According to the petitioner, the SBG, as part of its social responsibility, has been giving back to the community by making donations to institutions such as the prisons, Ministry of Education (MOBSE), the psychiatric hospital, schools and vulnerable communities across the country. The petitioner contends that such humanitarian interventions “is helping to impact lives and improving living conditions.”
“One cannot gain the requisite experience if one is not given the required opportunity, currently with amicable team of 100 staff to execute this project thus, creating a good number of employment opportunities for Gambians which will have trickle down impact on the livelihood of the populace,” said the SBG petition.
Below is the full text of the petition letter. Please read on….