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Sub-Regional Maritime Fisheries Commission Elections Goes Stalemate

Sub-Regional Maritime Fisheries Commission Elections Goes Stalemate

The Elections, to appoint a Permanent Secretary to the Sub-Regional Maritime Fisheries Commission in Dakar, Senegal, has resulted in a stalemate. As a result the seven Fisheries Ministers from Sierra Leone, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Guinea, Cape Verde and The Gambia have been asked to break for in depth consultations back home with their various governments.

Speaking to Sierra Leone’s representative to the Commission the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Charles Rogers (in photo) as to why they have been asked to go back home for consultations with their various governments, he replied “We reached a stalemate in electing one of the four candidates (Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea) for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Commission therefore it was unanimously agreed we break and go back home for consultations”

He however noted that the meeting was very interactive and frank and that he was pleased with the outcome so far.  “As a result of the Ministers not being able to elect a Permanent Secretary, the government of Senegal was mandated to appoint an interim individual to act in that capacity until the Ministers return for the elections” he said.

When asked if he is under any instructions to cast his vote in the elections for the Gambian candidate, as they (Gambia) earlier asked for Sierra Leone’s support, he said “I cannot directly answer that question but what I would rather say is that it’s a possibility I would vote for the Gambian candidate”

As to when they would return to Senegal for the elections, he said there was no time frame set but that it may be in few weeks time.

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