By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
The Leader and Secretary General of the United Democratic Party, Ousainou Darboe was top of the list of qualified presidential aspirants who presented their nomination papers last week at the country’s Election House Saturday the 6th of November 2021.
The Independent Electoral Commission, Chairman Alieu Momarr Njai on Saturday 6th November, 2021 announced that following the meeting of the requirement as per our Election Act the following are qualify to contest the Presidential Election of 4th December 2021.
The Chairman told journalist that after a thorough and careful review of all nomination papers submitted to the Independent Election Commission by the various aspirants, six out of the 32 candicate are qualified.
IEC Chairman announced that the following are: Ousainou Darboe of the United Democratic Party, Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress, Halifa Ababoucarr Sallah of the PDOIS, Adama Barrow of the National People’s Party, Independent Essa Mbye Faal and Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh of the National Unity Party.
Njai further list names of Candidates and reasons for their rejection
1)Joseph Henry Joof-Independent- he did not comply with Section 42 (2) (a) of the election act (2009) in the sense that he submitted support of nomination by registered voters on a notebook & not on the legally prescribed form.
2)Mary Sock-Independent- She did not fulfill the legal requirement & did not submit the assets declaration.
3)Alagie Mamadi Kurang-Independent-Submitted nomination forms in the name of an unregistered political party, namely G.Y.C/Change
4)Ebrima Tabora Manneh-Independent- Submitted symbol in the name of an unregistered political party (PAP)
5)Momodou Bah-Independent- Submitted support of nomination by less than 5000 votes registered voters only from West Cost Region & none from others regions.
6)Bankole Yao Jojo Ahadzie (Banky)- Rasta Presidential Candidate-Submitted support of nomination by less than 200 registered voters from some administrative regions.
7)Lamin Satu Bojan- Leader of ANRD- Submitted less than 5000 registered voters.
8)Mai Fatty, Leader of Gambia Moral Congress-In Banjul Administrative Area Mai Submitted the support of nomination by less than 200 hundred registered voters.
9)Mamadi KS Camara-Submitted support of nomination by less than 5000 registered voters.
10) Dr Isamila Ceesay leader of Citizens’s Alliance-Also submitted less than 5000 registered voters.
11)Sheikh Tijan Hydara- Leader of GANU- Submitted less than required registered voters.
12)Alieu Sowe- Leader of Gambia Action Party- Forgery has been detected on the support of nomination form.
13)Sheikh Matarr Nyang- Independent- Submitted less than 5000 registered voters.
14) Papa Faal- Independent- In Mansakonko Administrative Area, he submitted the support of nomination by less than 200 registered voters.
15)Yusupha A. Dumbuya leader of DP- Also submits the nomination by less that five thousand.
Njai further mentioned names of candidates that withdraw their nominations; Mathew Gomez Independent, Gambia For All, All Peoples Party, Tamsir M. Jassey Independent and Momodou Bah 2 Independent.