The Independent Electoral Office in Banjul on Thursday accepted the nomination papers of three APRC sponsored candidates for the forthcoming National Assembly elections scheduled to take place on March 29th. The candidates are Alhagie Sillah of Banjul North, Abdoulie Saine of Banjul Central and Baboucarr Nyang of Banjul South. The three were Members of National Assembly seeking re-election for the second time. The nomination presided over by the IEC Commissioner Amadou Jobe was witnessed by Alhagie OB Conateh and Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay in Banjul. Speaking to reporters after his nomination, Alhagie Sillah said if re-elected he would continue the development crusade he embarked upon during his first term in office. Sillah said there are a lot of development projects in the pipeline, noting that under the dynamic leadership of President Jammeh, the city of Banjul is going to witness unprecedented development. For his part, the candidate for Banjul Central Abdoulie Saine said he was optimistic of winning the national assembly elections. He said his development priority is to consolidate the gains of the APRC and work collectively with authorities to improve the current state of infrastructure in Banjul. The candidate for Banjul South, is Baboucarr Nyang. He said infrastructure is the answer to Banjul’s main development challenges. The mayor of Banjul Samba Faal promised to team up with the three candidates from Banjul to actualize the city’s development programme if they are re-elected into office. He said improving the current state of infrastructure in Banjul is a priority for all the three APRC candidates in the city.
The Gambia Agency for the Management of Public Works GAMWORKS in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs today launched the Technical Assistance Project Grant TAG at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. The project which is at the tune of US$290,000 is funded by the Islamic development Bank to provide technical Assistance and capacity building in the form of training and project management to units that are executing IDB projects. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Mr. Mod Secka on behalf of the Minister of Finance said the aim of TAG is to primarily enhance the performance of the Project Implementation Units of the government and that the beneficiaries will undergo training courses in project management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Representing the Islamic Development Bank, the regional director Mr. Sidi Mohamed Ould Taleb said IDB hopes to improve delivery of IDB financed projects in the Gambia. In his statement the director general of Gamworks Mr. Ebrima Cham thanked the IDB for intervening in key government sectors such as education, health to facilitate government’s development objectives as espoused in Vision 2020. Mr. Cham therefore implored the beneficiaries to transfer the acquired knowledge and skills to their respective units so as to boost the smooth and timely implementation of their respective IDB funded projects. For her part the Director General, Management Development Institute MDI Jainaba Kah described the project as valuable and timely noting that there is a need to build and retain capacities necessary for successful project implementation.
As nominations of candidates for the National Assembly Election continues to gather momentum, seven more candidates under the APRC banner in the Upper River Region also have their nominations endorsed by the IEC regional office in Mansajang Kunda. The candidates are Momodou Sellu Bah of Basse, Netteh Baldeh of Tumana, Morro Kanagie Jawla of Sandu, Saikou Susso of Kantora, Kassum Jallow of Wuli West, Saidou Sabally Wuli East and Habibou Jawo of Jimara. Nomination were held at the IEC Regional Office in Basse. It was attended by the Governor URR Omar Khan amongst several APRC supporters. In an interview with our reporter after the nomination all candidates expressed their confidence to win the election. They promised that if elected will foster unity and cooperation among their people. They reiterated their commitment to the infrastructural development of their constituencies. They urged their supporters to remain united and avoid violence during the campaign. The IEC Returning Officer Basse Alieu Mamudou Njie advised candidates to conduct their campaigns peacefully and avoid conflicts with their opponents. Governor URR Omar Kahn also expressed similar sentiments.
APRC sponsored candidates in the Lower River Region filed in their nomination documents at the IEC Regional office where the IEC regional returning officer Sulayman Joof certified and endorsed their nominations. According to our reporter the first candidate to present his recommendation was Yahya Dibba a native of Jaali in Kiang west. In brief interview with the press Dibba expressed gratitude to the people of Kiang West for the confidence they bestowed on him and promised to promote their interest at the legislative level. The other APRC candidates whose nominations were also endorsed were Lamin Hydara of Jalamgbereh Jarra Central, Bubacarr Sidi Federa of Kiang West, Njie Darboe - Jarra West, Bora Mass of Kiang East and Bafaye Saidykhan of Jarra East.
The President Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr Yahya Jammeh has described the State of Qatar as a genuine friend to the Gambia. The President made the remark in an interview with reporters at the Banjul International Airport on Thursday upon his arrival from the gulf state. The Gambian leader said his three day working visit was a follow up to previous agreements made between the Gambia and Qatar on trade and investment. He said the visit was his best trip in three years and has accorded him the opportunity to finalize the issue of Double taxation which would open doors for Qatari investors in the Gambia. President Jammeh acknowledged last year’s rainy season as a failure and stated that during the visit he had sought for assistance to address the issue of food shortage in the country. While reiterating his devotion to the welfare of Gambians President Jammeh deplored the recent price hikes on meat and noted that a cabinet meeting would be convened on Monday to put a permanent solution to the food shortage and soaring food prices. The Gambian leader has also disclosed that a labour agreement was earlier made between the two countries which he said would enable eligible Gambians to work in Qatar. Commenting on the forth coming national assembly elections professor Jammeh re-echoed his zero tolerance to violence, corruption, as well as drug trafficking and urged people to desist from intimidation and violence and vote peacefully for the candidates of their choice.
The Vice Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) who doubles as the Returning Officer of Brikama administrative area Malleh Sallah also certified and accepted the nominations of nine APRC candidates vying for the office of National Assembly on March 29th 2012. The candidates are Matarr Kujabi of Foni Bondali, Borri Colley of Foni Jarrol, Buba A. Bojang of Foni Kansala, Ebrima Solo Jammeh of Foni Bintang Karanai, Bintanding Jarju of Foni Berefet, Alasan Bojang of Kombo East, Abou F.H.S. Jarju of Kombo Central, Abdou Colley of Kombo South and Pa Lamin Jatta of Kombo North. Speaking to the respective candidates during the nominations at the IEC Regional Office in Brikama, Mr Sallah assured that the commission shall ensure a level playing field for a free and fair election. He further inform the candidates that the commission has already dialogued with the Regional Governors and Chiefs and urged them not to intervene with any party’s campaign programmes and rallies. Mr. Sallah also urged the candidates to advice their supporters to abide by the laws and make the National Assembly election violence- free. Speaking to reporters after their nominations the APRC candidates expressed optimism of a landslide victory on March 29th.
A News release from the IEC says Honourable Babanding KK Daffeh has resigned from the United Democratic Party (UDP) with immediate effect. It stated that according to Hon. Babanding KK Daffeh’s letter dated 7th March 2011, he tendered his resignation in order to enable him stand as an Independent Candidate for the 29th March 2012 National Assembly Elections.
In the Kanifing Municipality Five candidates endorsed by the ruling APRC party to contest in the March 29th legislative elections have been duly nominated at the IEC’s KMC Regional Office along Kairaba Avenue. The candidates are Fabakary Tombong Jatta - Serrekunda East, Sulayman Joof - Serrekunda West constituency, Sainey Jaiteh Serrekunda Central, Haddy Nyang Jagne - Jeshwang and Kalifa Jammeh for Bakau constituency. The nomination was presided over by Robert Anthony Seckan Chief Electoral officer Independent Electoral commission who is the returning officer for KMC. Mr Secka told nominees that the elections shall be conducted in line with provisions of the constitution and election Act. The IEC according to Mr Secka does its work in line with international standards. He used the occasion to advise the candidates to abide by the laws and unite their respective constituencies. The KMC returning officer told journalists that the timetable set for the nominations was done to create convenience for the parties, but added that candidates from any party could also present the nomination documents during the three day period. Speaking to reporters shortly after his nomination, Fabakary Tombong Jatta on behalf of his colleagues promise to do everything in their capacity to ensure that the rules and regulations governing elections. The Former Majority leader said that his nomination for a fourth term shows the confident the people of Serrekunda East have in him. He described political especially that of parliament as one for experienced people, and promise to do more for his constituency and Gambian in general if re-elected.
Nomination of APRC candidates for the March 29th National assembly election was also conducted in the IEC North Bank Regional headquarters in Kerewan. Sponsored APRC candidates submitted their documents to the Regional IEC returning officer Mrs. Isatou Jallow Ndure. Having fulfilled the required conditions, seven APRC candidates were successfully nominated. The nominees are Suku Singhateh of lower Baddibou, running for the fourth term, Lamin Kebba Jammeh of Illiassia constituency, Mam Cherno Jallow of upper Nuimi, Samba Cham – Central Baddibu, Amadou Khan of Jokadu constituency, Sheriff Misba Hdyara of Lower Nuimi and Ousman Bah of Sabach Sanjal constituency. Mrs. Isatou Jallow Ndure drew the attention of aspirants to the code of ethics and principles of the election. The nominations continue on Friday when the NRP will present its candidates.In Janjanbureh Central River Region 10 constituency nominees presented their documents to the Regional Office. The APRC Candidates include Foday Jibani Manka, Lamin Jadama of Niamina East, Yerro MC Mballow of lower Fulladu west, Sainey Mbye of Upper Saloum, Ebrima Manneh of Niani district constituency. Foday A Jallow of Niamina East, Kebba Nget of Niamina Dankunku, Ahmad Malick Njie of Upper Fulladu, Ousman Njie of Sami district, Pa Malick Ceesay of Lower Saluom and Habsa Jallow of Nianija district and the only aspiring female candidate in the region.