Despite requiring only 5,000 registered voters to back the candidature of a presidential aspirant based on the Gambia’s Election Act, 50,000 accompanied the incumbent’s nomination to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) according to the APRC Campaign Manager Balla Garba Jahumpa.
“The Election Act states that a presidential candidate should be backed by 5000 registered voters with at least 200 voters from each administrative region but the APRC presented 50, 000 registered voters to back the nomination of the incumbent President Jammeh,” Jahumpa, the minister of Works and Transport told the Daily Observer in a post-nomination interview at the Election House.
“And we even have more to back the nomination of our leader of the July 22nd Revolution and the President of Islamic Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Dr. Alhaji Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa. And we know the political consciousness of the Gambian people is so high that they know who can lead and develop this country and we are praying to the Almighty Allah for the Gambian people to come out in large numbers and show their solidarity and support to the leader of the 22nd July Revolution so that he can continue to initiate development programmes that addresses the needs of the Gambian people.”
by Alieu Ceesay