Tuesday, May 11, 2021

What is the content of section 63(1) and Section 65 (1) of the Constitution?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Section 63 subsection (1) of the Constitution reads:

The term of office of an elected President shall, subject to subsection (3) and (6), be for a term of five years; and the person elected President shall before assuming office take the prescribed oaths.”

Hence an elected president has a five-year term.

Section 65 subsection (1) paragraph (a) reads:

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“The office of President shall become vacant during the term of a presidency on the death or resignation of the President.”

Hence a president may die or resign before the end of the five-year term.

Hence the Constitution states without any ambiguity that an elected president of The Gambia may serve for five years or resign before the end of the five years.

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