|Jammeh at the United Nations|
It is unclear whether the directive extends beyond the pre-election to include the December 1st presidential elections monitoring activities of U.N. African Union and ECOWAS among other organizations.
It is being reported that an African Union fact finding mission is experiencing difficulty getting clearance fro the government which is consistent with the information reaching us that Jammeh will not tolerate any contact of government officials, especially members of the IEC and United Nations officials. The same restriction applies to other continental and regional organizations according to our sources.
To bar the international community from fielding pre-election missions can only add to the uncertainty surrounding the elections, further affecting the ability to conduct a free and fair elections with less than 40 days to go before the December presidential elections.