STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
Abraham Lincoln in 1863 described Democracy as “Government of the people by the people and for the people”. We are committed to the concept of a representative democracy in which people choose based on informed decisions as to who they want to represent them and defend their interests and conduct the affairs of the state on their behalf.
The present Constitution was tailor-made to suit the self-perpetuating project of the APRC. A UDP Government will introduce Constitutional amendments, which would amongst others include:
· limiting the term of the Presidency to 2 terms of 5 years;
· limiting the term of Local Government executives to 3 terms of 4 years;
· making the office of Chiefs an elective one;
· entrenching provisions relating to the Independent Electoral Commission;
· Making provisions which would enable organizations other than political parties to sponsor candidates for elections.
COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The UDP has a fundamental belief in and is committed to democracy and respect for Human Rights. There can be no sustained and meaningful development in the absence of a genuine democracy. The people of this country have an inalienable right to participate in all decision-making process on all issues affecting their lives and the conditions of their existence.
Alleged fraud, waste and embezzlement are absolutely no reasons for the seizures, abuse and demolition of the rights of the citizens of this country or any other country. All citizens of The Gambia must be treated equally as human beings in the eyes of the law.
Everyone has the fundamental right to be listened to and be heard when accused or found to be in breach of the law.
The UDP will ensure the establishment of an independent judiciary as the executive arms of the law to take all legal actions necessary to preserve the rights and privileges of the society.
We are strongly committed to the protection of the rights of the citizen at all times as reflected in the Constitution of The Gambia, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and similar legal instruments that seek to protect the individual against the might of the state. We shall also give full support to the individual against the might of the state. We shall also give full support to the strengthening of the democratic institutions in the country. These will include: