By Yama Marong
Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) on 14th March nominated nine candidates from nineteenth wards of the Kanifing Municipality to contest in the coming April local government election.
After the nomination process, Mustapha A. Cham, the contestant for New Jeshwang/Ebo town ward spoke to reporters arguing that for a long period of time, the people of Jeshwang were not fully represented. “They vote people into office but still do not see the benefits of voting candidates to offices, that’s why we are coming forward to represent them because they know us very well and they are aware that we can represent them fully at the councillorship level.” “I will make sure if elected, my ward will receive equal development like other communities. I will address the issue of street taps to make sure they are connected and proper demarcation is made as well as streets are given names and also compounds names,” Mr. Cham added.
Abdoulie Njie, the GDC contestant for Bakau New Town Ward also lamented the lack of development in his area. According to him, for the past twenty years Bakau is still backward promising to fix the problems face by the people and making the area a real town.
Abdoulie M. Jallow, the GDC candidate for Old Bakau/Cape Point also said: “I was a councillor for the past five years and just finished my term this past January. I was involved in many developmental projects and that’s why I want to continue yet another term.” Jallow emphasized that his people have seen the work he has done on the drainage system in Bakau and the horticultural gardens and therefore needs to complete those projects.
Yuspha Jaiteh, the GDC candidate for Banta-Ba/Borehole Ward, Ndumbeh AK Sallah of Sabiji Ward, Maimuna A Sambou, the contestant for Abuko Ward and the rest all pledged to develop their respective areas if voted into office.
Meanwhile, the National Congress Party (NCP) also nominated one candidate, Lamin B Ceesay for Bundung Bantaba/ Borehold ward out of the 19 wards in the Kanifing Municipality.
Speaking to the media shortly after the nomination process, Ceesay said he felt honored to be selected as a candidate for the upcoming councillorship election and also to stand as a candidate for NCP. As a young person, he added, he would work with development partners and council for the betterment of Bantaba/Borehole ward. He promised to fix the acute water shortage experienced by residents of Bantaba .