The General Assembly of Party Members – is the highest decision making organ of the party. It constitutes all members of the party. It meets in special sessions as occasion requires such as the dissolution of the party and other emergency matters.
The Congress – is the second highest decision making organ of the party. It composes of delegates elected by the various branches of the party. Its functions include electing and recalling officers of the various organs of the party.
The Central Committee – is the highest working body of the party, it shapes the policies and programs of the party.
The National Assembly Committee – comprises of all members of the National Assembly who are elected under the sponsorship of the party.
The Political Bureau – is the policy making organ of the Central Committee. Its functions include policy research and the mapping out of plans for the development of the party machinery.
The Organizing Bureau – is the organizing and mobilizing arm of the Central Committee. Its work includes the facilitation of the creation of support organizations and the development of arts and sports.
The Information Bureau – is the publicity arm of the party. its functions include the investigation and dissemination of information on behalf of the party.
The Bureau on Women and Children Affairs – is the arm of the party responsible for the promotion of gender and child development issues.
The Bureau on International Affairs – is the arm of the party responsible for the maintenance of relations with international organizations. Its work includes the coordination of the party’s relation with Gambians living abroad.
The Youth Bureau – is responsible for the development of Youth programs to involve the youth in the administrative life of the country.
The Secretariat – is the administrative and coordinating arm of the Central Committee. Its work includes the upkeep of records of all meetings, files and other activities of the party.
The Committee on Finance – is the financial and accounting arm of the party. its function includes the management and planning of the finances of the party.
Party Branches – constitutes the extension arms of the party. They are formed and constituted by members of the party in their various localities.
The Central Committee is the highest working body of the party, it shapes the policies and programs of the party.
It comprises of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary General, Secretary to the Political Bureau, Secretary to the Information Bureau, Secretary to the Organizing Bureau, Secretary to the Bureau on Women and Child Affairs, Secretary to the Youth Bureau, the Treasurer, the Auditor and other members as Congress determines.
Giving concrete expression and meaning to the attainment of the right to self-determination and Independence, embodied in the sovereign Republic by ensuring that each citizen is an embodiment of the sovereignty of the Republic and that collectively we are the architects of our destiny.
Policy Directives aims:
To eradicate all vestiges of monarchical or self-perpetuating rule, by transforming each citizen into a sovereign and equal stakeholder of public authority within a sovereign community of citizens, irrespective of place of birth, ethno-linguistic origin, gender, religion and other status; on the basis of whose decision and authority leadership at village, district, regional and national levels is legitimised, and in the pursuit of whose liberty, dignity and prosperity such authority is exercised;
To ensure that the state exists for the people and not the people for the state;
To underscore that Government is not an end in itself but a means to promote liberty, dignity and prosperity.
Manage air, land and sea in such a way that liberty and prosperity will be enhanced without putting into jeopardy the liberty, dignity and prosperity of future generations through improper management.
Combat environmental threats caused by poor urban, regional, district and village planning, which results in floods and demolition of buildings, thus engendering poverty and hardship.
Formulate a comprehensive programmatic policy document on urban and regional development which takes cognisance of sound ecological impact assessment surveys before any project is implemented, as a key to environmentally friendly and sustainable development.
A National Environment Commission will be established and given an unhindered mandate to ensure that environmental impact assessment is conducted and given consideration before any project is implemented.
Integrate environmental impact assessment before any action is taken that could affect the environment at village, district, regional and national levels.
A National Commission on Culture will be established to oversee the development of culture of a sovereign community of Gambians transcending parochial, sectarian or sectionalist barriers.
Establish a house of culture in each village, district, region and urban centre for artistic and other cultural expressions, in order to promote appreciation of each other’s origins and ensure respect for the upholding of republican and democratic values and ways of life of sovereign people.
Promote and preserve cultural heritages that enhance human dignity, self- worth, liberty and prosperity and thus fuse identities and values originating from diverse cultural backgrounds into identity and values of a sovereign Community of sovereign Gambian citizens under a Republic.
Combat vestiges of prejudices emanating from ethno-linguistic origins, monarchical and caste systems, religious allegiances, gender orientation and other practices which undermine the integrity of a sovereign person in particular, and diverse groups in general, and manage diversity in such a way that unity is enhanced by promoting republican and democratic values and their institutionalisation to promote equality of all Gambians in citizenship, and all other communities resident in the Gambia in rights to ensure mutual respect, tolerance and appreciation of diversity.
Establish a four year programme to promote multi culturalism, or respect for cultural diversity, on one hand, and on the other, cultural fusion into a sovereign community of Gambians under a Republic, which recognizes no distinction among citizens with regard to the enjoyment of rights to live in liberty, dignity and prosperity.
To build a community of sovereign citizens whose sense of belonging to a community of Gambian nationals will be put above other affinities in terms of ethno–linguistic origin, gender, religion and other parochial distinctions; an informed citizenry who will have the right and audacity to ask of the community what is required to have education, skills, good health, employment, housing, proper sanitation, protection at old age, or in case of disability, an adequate recreation in order to live in liberty, dignity and prosperity and who will recognise their duty to give to the community what it requires to provide the needs of all and ensure that each enjoys individual and social justice.
Ensure inclusive and participatory governance by mobilising active participation of people in managing National Affairs. Governance will therefore involve people organised into civil associations to serve as social auditors who will scrutinise, criticise and restrain tendency towards misrepresentation, bad governance, mismanagement and impunity, on one hand, and on the other, serve as the ears, eyes and mouths of the people who will speak truth to authority in defence of legitimate individual and public interest.
Promote strong community relations as a means of preventing alienation and its attendant problem of crime and harmful social behaviour.
Develop a four-year development programme to ensure balanced and proportionate development of the social sectors such as health, education, housing, social welfare and recreational facilities.
The Health Ministry will formulate strategic plans, programmes and projects to ensure that the four components of health, that is, its preventive, curative, rehabilitative and restorative aspects, are institutionalised at each level of the health delivery system; be it at the primary stage, at minor health centres in villages, or the secondary stage at major health centres and clinics in districts or referral hospitals in the regions that will serve as a tertiary stage of health delivery system in those areas.
The Ministry of Basic Education will come up with a ten-year Basic education cycle that will be free and compulsory and will aim to provide each student with sufficient reading, writing and basic mathematical skills and general knowledge to be able to pursue a career option without hindrance, after graduation. Schools will be required to conduct education for citizenship at all levels, to inculcate republican and democratic values in each from early childhood, and buttress this knowledge at each stage by exposing them to Republican and democratic instruments, institutions and methods of living to empower them to grow up as sovereign citizens with a high sense of dignity and self- esteem. The education system will aim to provide curricula and learning materials tapped from the Gambian intelligentsia in particular and all relevant producers of knowledge to ensure relevant education for sovereign citizenship focusing on the citizen as shareholder of power and authority of the state, as voter, social auditor or potential representative of the people, and for the attainment of the right to self- determination.
Ministry for Higher Education will ensure that the University and its allied tertiary institutions keep track of the labour pool to quantify and qualify human resource needs on a four-year basis, in order to guide students for career preparation.
A National Housing Authority will ensure construction of low cost model housing in villages, districts, regions and urban centres to move people to a middle income standard of living.
At peace time, the military and security forces will serve as corps for development by ensuring that they have equipment and personnel to build low cost housing throughout the country, and provide other skilled labour necessary, such as building wharfs. Ex servicepersons, men and women, will be assisted to form cooperatives and work as brigades and further provided with financial assistance and equipment to run fishing enterprises, if they are from the navy and to do public works, if they are from the engineering corps. The income derived from each contract will be shared among stakeholders.
Establish a National Human Rights Commission to monitor and ensure protection against violations of Human Rights.
Establish a National Police Service Commission to exercise direction and control over the police force. It will be given mandate to appoint senior officers of the force on the basis of merit. An Inspector General of Police will be appointed with the approval of the head of state, but once appointed may only be removed on grounds of misconduct or infirmity to be determined by a tribunal and subject to approval by the National Assembly.
Any finding and recommendation for dismissal will be subject to approval by the National Assembly.
A National Prison Service Commission will exercise direction and control over prison administration. A Director General of Prisons will be appointed with the approval of the head of state, but once appointed may only be removed on grounds of misconduct and infirmity to be determined by a tribunal and subject to approval by the National Assembly.
Imams of Major mosques and Priests of major churches, Union leaders and leaders of registered civil societies or associations, will be honorary human rights commissioners and social auditors who will visit jails, prisons and other places of detention to check conditions and make representation for compliance with laws, or propose improvement or reforms in the administration of public institutions such as prisons.
A National Council of media Practitioners would be established as a self- regulatory body for media practitioners which will have no judicial powers but will exercise persuasive influence aimed at promoting professionalism and integrity in the performance of duty, and resolving disputes to decongest the courts and make representation to promote the welfare of media houses and practitioners.
Speedy court appearance is the best guarantee against forced confession through torture or other forms of duress.
Courts shall be required to take judicial notice of any detention beyond the 72 hours established by the constitution, for a person to be held without bail or court appearance and count the act as duress.
A sovereign person has a right to change a government, but has no right to kill and incite hatred to change a government. If he or she kills, or destroys property, he or she will be charged for killing or destroying property. Hence there will not be any need for a crime of treason under a republic. If anyone incites hatred against another, the aggrieved person could file a civil suit for damages. Hence there is no need for a crime called sedition in a sovereign Republic.
Educating people on their fundamental rights and freedoms and promoting respect for and observance of those rights by the state institutions in particular and all natural persons in general, will take centre stage and civil laws will be developed to address violations of rights and freedoms, through alternative dispute resolution measures and if need be, the courts in their civil jurisdictions.
Human rights defenders will receive maximum media coverage and protection to ensure that violations are reported, exposed and violators named and shamed.
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