Preparations have reached the final stage for the United Democratic Party (UDP) to go for primaries on Sunday (February 11) in a bid to get candidates for the party in the coming mayoral and local government elections.
“As at now no candidate is selected anywhere in the country for mayors or chairpersons as there is no consensus reached at all the municipalities and local government areas except Kuntaur Area,” UDP’s National Executive Committee announced in a press release signed by the party’s National President and National Chairman Selection Committee, Hon Dembo Bojang. “Therefore there will be primaries on Sunday 11th February 2018 at all the municipalities and local government areas with the exception of Kuntaur Area.”
“In the light of the above any such information about the selection of any mayor or chairperson candidate apart from Kuntaur Area, is false and baseless.” “For any development surrounding the selection processes, UDP Members and general public will be duly and adequately informed,” the release added.
Meanwhile, this paper has learnt that six aspiring candidates have so far been shortlisted by the UDP out of the original pool of eight people who wanted to contest for the Kanifing Mayoral seat on UDP’s ticket. The six candidates they are expected to take part in Sunday’s primaries are: Magidi Touray, Mustapha Touray, Muhamadou Njie (Papa), Buramanding Jaiteh, Talib Bensouda and Baddi Alpha Jaiteh.
Mr. Alfusainey Jobarteh, former director of Community Development was selected based on consensus to be the chairman of Kuntaur Area Council.