By Fatou Dahaba
The Chief Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Samboujang Njie yesterday told the media and civil society actors that there are 28 nomination slots for the upcoming presidential election and 25 is issued as of yesterday.
Out of these 13 are party candidates while 12 are collected by independent aspirants.
The political parties who collected the nomination forms includes: GFA, UDP, GDC, CA, ARND, GANU, PDOIS, GAP, NPP, NUP, DP, APP, GMC.
Whiles the Independent candidates who collected the nomination formsh includes: Joseph H Joof, Maria Sock Jobarteh, Alagie Mamadi Kurang, Mathew Gomez, Ebrima Tabora Manneh, Momodou Bah 1, Momodou Bah 2, Mamadi KS Camara, ESSA Mbaye Fall, Matar Nyang, Papa Fall and Bankole Yao Jojo Ahadzie.
The nomination is going to take seven days in which each political party and independent candidate is allocated a day and time to submit their papers. Njie said the nomination period is between 8 am to 4 pm daily at the Election House.
Speaking further, Njie said all presidential aspirants would be allocated a time to present their nomination papers to the Returning Officers.
He also states that on day one Saturday, 30th October of the nomination, 4 independent candidates are scheduled to present their credentials, while 3 independent candidates and 1 political party are scheduled for day 2 Sunday, 31st October.
The IEC CEO further explained that on Monday, 1st November, 4 political parties are scheduled to come. Tuesday 2nd November, two political parties and two independent candidates are scheduled to come. 3rd November, three political parties are scheduled to come. On Thursday 4th November, one political party and two independent candidates are scheduled to come. And on Friday 5th November, two political parties and one independent candidate are scheduled to come.
Meanwhile the IEC has also put in place COVID-19 protocols such as the wearing of facemasks when going to pulling stations and observe the 1.5 meter social distancing on election day.
Gambia will go to the polls 4th December 2021 for presidential election.
IEC Issue 28 nomination forms for December presidential election
By Fatou Dahaba